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Dan Newhouse Announces Candidacy for Washington State's Fourth Congressional Seat

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YAKIMA, WA - Dan Newhouse, a Sunnyside farmer, former Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture and four-term Member of the Washington State House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he is a candidate for Congress representing Washington's Fourth District.

"Since Congressman Hastings announced his plans to retire, I have received countless calls from friends, neighbors and associates encouraging me to run.  After considering the important issues facing our nation and the people of Central Washington and following an in-depth discussion with my family, I have decided to enter the race to be Central Washington's next member of Congress.

I know that serving in Congress won't be easy and will often be frustrating, but I feel I have a duty to engage in finding solutions.

As a legislator and as the director of a state agency, I was acutely aware that every penny spent came out of the pockets of the taxpayers.  I have reduced agency budgets and adopted lean working principles. It is time for Washington, DC, to follow the same rules that apply to countless local governments and private businesses by being just as fiscally responsible.

ObamaCare is an example of how complex government mandates create uncertainty and destroy jobs.  Because of ObamaCare, all across our nation employer-provided health care plans are being cancelled and people with individual plans are finding their premiums rising dramatically.  I will work tirelessly to see that ObamaCare is repealed and replaced with a market based approach which takes government out of the doctor-patient relationship.

As a lifelong resident of the Yakima Valley, I believe that I am well equipped to bring a conservative Central Washington perspective to Congress.   I understand the vital importance of water and our river systems to our economy and quality of life.  Removing the dams and the renewable power benefits they provide would be catastrophic. Given the steady improvement in fish runs, we cannot allow this to happen.  I will work in Congress to support efforts to better manage our water resources, including additional storage, so that sufficient water and power are available for communities, agriculture, and future development while still meeting our environmental responsibilities.

While government cannot be allowed to continue to grow unchecked, it must still fulfill its promises, whether it is to our veterans or to entire communities such as those surrounding the Hanford site.  I understand the responsibility the federal government has to clean up Hanford.  They made the mess and they have the responsibility to clean it up.  As your Congressman I will keep the pressure on the Department of Energy to follow through with clean-up in a timely manner."

Background

Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University and is a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program.  He is past president of both the Hop Growers of Washington and the Hop Growers of America.  Dan was elected four times to the Washington State House of Representatives and served from 2003 to 2009 where he received numerous awards and recognitions as a pro-business legislator from organizations such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Association of Washington Business.  From 2009 to 2012 Dan served as Director of Washington State's Department of Agriculture helping promote the state's abundant agricultural resources and encouraging the next generation of family farms.

Dan and his wife Carol have two adult children, Jensena, Devon and his wife Halley.  The Newhouse family operates a 600-acre farm near Sunnyside where they grow hops, tree fruit, grapes and alfalfa. 

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