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GOP Rep. Reichert of Washington state retires after 7 terms

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state says he is retiring from Congress after seven terms. (Courtesy Photo)
Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state says he is retiring from Congress after seven terms. (Courtesy Photo)
By Matthew Daly Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state says he is retiring from Congress after seven terms.

Reichert, a former sheriff who captured the “Green River Killer,” has represented a suburban Seattle district since 2005.

He said in a statement Wednesday that his decision not to seek re-election was difficult, but added: “I believe it was the right one for my family and me. I have spent my entire career and devoted my life to service. I see this not just as a job, but as a calling – a calling I will not walk away from.”

Reichert, 67, said he was especially proud of his work to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, improve the foster care system, combat sex trafficking and secure equipment and resources for first responders.

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