WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings said today he would leave his House seat and the end of this Congress, ending two decades of representing central Washington’s 4th District.
Hastings, a Republican from Pasco, is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and frequent target of conservationists and environmentalists. He also is a strong fiscal conservative and opponent of the Affordable Care Act.
In a statement, Hastings pledged to keep working for solutions to help the country until he leaves office in January:
“My ambition as a Congressman then and now has been the same: to do the best job I can to serve Central Washington. Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House.”
Hastings is the third member of the state’s delegation to leave Congress in two years. Democrat Rep. Jay Inslee resigned to run for governor in 2012 and Democrat Norm Dicks retired in 2013.