Elected Experience: Serving as the common sense voice of those who call Central Washington home. As the Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Hastings protects our dams from extremists seeking their removal, oversees federal irrigation water projects vital to local farmers, the region’s agriculture-dependent economy and thousands of jobs. Member of Rural Healthcare Coalition, and Chairman of Nuclear Cleanup Caucus.
Other Professional Experience: Small businessman: operated family business in Pasco for nearly three decades.
Education: Attended Columbia Basin College and Central Washington University.
Community Service: Lives in Pasco with wife Claire, is the father of three, and proud grandfather of eight.
Statement: With record national debt, high unemployment and the cost of gas, food and healthcare rising, it's time for Congress to end wasteful Washington spending and enact common sense solutions that create real jobs and produce real results.
Bigger government, more spending and higher taxes won't get our country back on track. I opposed the stimulus spending and every bailout. I voted to repeal the trillion-dollar government takeover of your healthcare in order to protect the ability of families and individuals to make decisions with their own doctor, rather than have decisions made by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC. ObamaCare must be replaced with solutions that lower costs, increase your choices and protect Medicare.
We need fiscal discipline to help revive our economy. We must protect hardworking taxpayers, small businesses and job creators from government mandates and job-destroying tax hikes. We must promote no-cost job creation, like opening new markets for our agriculture economy. We must reform the tax code to make it far simpler and less of a burden. We must lower energy costs by increasing American-made energy of all kinds, including more nuclear and hydropower.
We must defend our nation, secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. We must protect Social Security and Medicare for today's seniors and tomorrow's retirees.
This election presents a vital choice for America's future. We can't afford more of President Obama's government-knows-best approach. Americans deserve a more efficient, less intrusive government that spends less and serves better. America's future depends upon a commitment to freedom and opportunity where hard work is rewarded. I'm asking for your vote so we can get our nation back on track and ensure our children and grandchildren enjoy a secure and prosperous future.