U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse recently proposed, and she said yes.
He will be marrying Joan Galvin, who works in Washington, D.C., in the next few months, he told the Herald on Thursday.
“I’ve been blessed,” he said.
He has been a widower since his wife of 34 years, Carol, died in May 2017 after several years of treatment for cancer.
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He had a wonderful marriage with her, and now to find someone to marry again is “pretty special,” he said.
No date has been set.
Newhouse, a Republican, said only that he has a lot going on now. He is running for re-election in November.
He said he waited to make a public announcement of his engagement until he had time to tell family and friends.
As the relationship developed, he consulted with the House Ethics Committee and also outside attorneys to make sure he met all ethics requirements and that there was no appearance of influence because of Galvin’s job.
Galvin works for the law firm Kelly Drye and Warren as a government relations senior adviser, advocating on behalf of clients before Congress and federal agencies. Her areas of interest include agriculture, immigration, wildife and environmental law.
“There is an absolute separation between their personal relationship and Dan’s official duties serving Central Washington,” said his chief of staff, Carrie Meadows.
She brings no business to Newhouse’s office and other staff at the firm she works for may not bring up her name if they do business with Newhouse’s office.
Galvin previously was vice president for government relations at Feld Entertainment, which included Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, until it closed in 2017.
Newhouse’s late wife and daughter knew Galvin first, meeting her at a circus performance they attended because of their interest in elephants, he said.
Galvin is an adviser to the International Elephant Foundation, according to her law firm’s website.
Galvin was in Yakima with Newhouse, 63, for a parade recently. She will go with him on other trips to the 4th Congressional District, he said.