Moses Lake Republican state Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry is joining the race to succeed Congressman Doc Hastings representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District.
Holmquist Newbry has served in the state Senate since 2006 and was first elected to the state House in 2001. She chairs the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
Holquist Newbry made headlines earlier this month as one of a trio of conservative state lawmakers who said they intended to remove their names from the web site of the state Senate’s majority caucus. The lawmakers complained that leadership of the caucus of 24 Republicans and two Democrats had rammed through a vote on the “Dream Act,” a Democrat-priority bill that will allow student financial aid for students who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
In her announcement Wednesday, Holmquist Newbry boasted of her pro-life and pro-business voting record and said she’d continue that in Congress. She added: “I will ardently fight to protect your 2nd Amendment rights and American’s health-care system from President Obama’s bloated bureaucracy.”
The potential Republican field for Hastings’ seat has grown crowded since the 10-term Congressman announced he would not seek another term this fall.
Former NFL player and U.S Senate candidate Clint Didier has already announced his candidacy, as has Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck. Gavin Seim, an Ephrata portrait photographer had filed to challenge Hastings before his retirement announcement.
Others mentioned as potential GOP candidates include: Dan Newhouse, a former legislator and former director of the state Department of Agriculture; Kennewick attorney George Cicotte, and state Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick.
The heavily Republican 4th District stretches across several counties in Central Washington. Its population centers are Yakima and the Tri-Cities, but the district extends north all the way to Okanogan County and the U.S.-Canada border.