|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Washington's 2nd district
January 3, 2001
Richard Ray Larsen
June 15, 1965
Arlington, Washington, U.S.
Tiia Karlen (m. 1994)
|Education||Pacific Lutheran University (BA)|
University of Minnesota (MPA)
Richard Ray Larsen (born June 15, 1965) is the United States Representative for Washington's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and was re-elected in each of the eight subsequent elections, most recently in 2018.
Born in Arlington, Washington, he attended Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Minnesota, earning a master's degree in public affairs. He formerly worked as director of public affairs for the Washington State Dental Association and as a lobbyist for the dental profession.
In 2006, CQPolitics described him:
Larsen, a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition in the House, has carved an image as a moderate that appeals to crucial swing voters in the politically competitive coastal district in the northwestern corner of Washington State. He still maintains support from centers surrounding the port cities of Everett and Bellingham.
Given the importance of defense- and aviation-oriented jobs in the 2nd District, Larsen's seats on the Armed Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are politically advantageous.
Rick Larsen has repeatedly cosponsored legislation that would create the Wild Sky Wilderness area in his home district and is a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. Larsen has authored a law that regulates the international marriage brokering industry, by protecting "mail order brides" from abuse and clients from being monetarily ripped off.
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he has voted yes on every transportation bill since being reelected in 2008. He believes that "sound investments in transportation keep our economy moving," and improve conditions in other areas. Representative Larsen has gotten over $52 million in the form of transportation projects for the SAFETEA-LU Bill to improve highways, increase funding for ferry systems, and expedite the flow of traffic and goods through border crossings.
Since being reelected in 2008, Representative Larsen has voted yes on every labor bill, ranging from the "S-Miner Act" to the "Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits" bill. Rick Larsen has shown support for the interests of the Utility Workers Union of America, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, and AFL - CIO. He claims that he works to support the local Washington economy by investing in small to medium-sized businesses to help them succeed in the global economy.
Pro-choice interest groups have consistently supported Rick Larsen. Planned Parenthood, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association and NARAL Pro-Choice America have all highly rated his position on abortion. In addition, he has voted against several bills that would restrict abortion rights.
Larsen has supported the House Democratic proposal for publicly funded health care. He voted for the reform bill in November 2009. Rick Larsen does not support Medicare for all or any type of single-payer system that would protect the health of all Americans. 
Although Larsen initially voted against a bill authorizing military force in Iraq in October 2002, he has since voted yes on nearly every bill put forth in the House concerning the Iraq and Afghanistan. Larsen supported President Obama's proposed exit strategy which promises to remove combat troops by summer of 2010.
Larsen defeated Republican Doug Roulstone, a retired Navy officer who was recruited by GOP strategists. Larsen received 65% of the vote to Roulstone's 34%.
Larsen was challenged in the Democratic primary during his 2008 reelection campaign by perennial candidate Glen Johnson. His Republican opponent for the House race was recently retired Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart.
For the 2008 election cycle, Rick Larsen's campaign's total income was $1,336,438. His campaign spent $1,155,691. The companies that contributed the most money were Boeing Co., Microsoft Corp., American Dental Assn., McBee Strategic Consulting, and Puget Energy. The labor, finance/insurance/real estate, transportation, misc. business, and health sectors were the largest contributing sectors. The major industry donations came from health professionals, transportation unions, building trade unions, retired, and sea transport.
Larsen narrowly defeated Republican nominee John Koster to win a sixth term.
Larsen was challenged by Republican Marc Hennemann. Hennemann decided to challenge Larson after he received an answer he did not like to a question at a town hall meeting in Coupeville, WA. In the general election, Larsen gathered 64% of the vote compared to Hennemann's 36%.
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2000||Rick Larsen||146,617||50%||John Koster||134,660||46%||Stuart Andrews||Libertarian||7,672||3%||Glen S. Johnson||Natural Law||4,231||1%|
|2002||Rick Larsen||101,219||50%||Norma Smith||92,528||46%||Bruce Guthrie||Libertarian||4,326||2%||Bernard P. Haggerty||Green||4,077||2%|
|2004||Rick Larsen||202,383||64%||106,333||34%||Bruce Guthrie||Libertarian||7,966||2%|
|2010||Rick Larsen||155,241||51%||John Koster||148,722||49%|
|2012||Rick Larsen||184,826||61%||Dan Matthews||117,465||39%|
|2014||Rick Larsen||67,812||62%||B.J. Guillot||41,889||38%|
|2016||Rick Larsen||208,314||64%||Marc Hennemann||117,094||36%|
|2018||Rick Larsen||135,831||72.4%||Brian Luke||Libertarian||51,709||27.6%|
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 2nd congressional district
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