Rep. Doc Hastings formally announced Friday that he'll seek a 10th term in the congressional seat he's held since the "Republican wave" of 1994.
Hastings, a Republican from Pasco, represents the state's 4th Congressional District, which under the redistricting plan adopted by the state's Redistricting Commission will include Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan and Yakima counties, and parts of Douglas and Walla Walla counties.
"As I travel through central Washington, I hear constant encouragement to keep up the fight to end President Obama's out-of-control spending, to eliminate the national debt, to fix the tax code and to repeal the illegal government takeover of your health care," Hastings said in a statement.
"I'm committed to standing up for you, your family, and the farmers and small businesses that make this such a wonderful place to live," he said.
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Hastings serves as chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and has been a vocal supporter of oil drilling offshore and on public lands and opponent of breaching Northwest hydroelectric dams.
He also has been a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama two years ago.
He was re-elected to his current term in 2010 with 67 percent of the vote and has raised $660,000 toward this year's campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Hastings is unopposed in his re-election bid since Democrat Jay Clough of Kennewick dropped out of the congressional race to run for a seat in the state House against Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, in the 8th Legislative District.