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Doc Hastings will not seek re-election to House


From the February 18, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 18, 2014

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., announced on Feb. 13 that he will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives this fall. Hastings, who is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, was first elected to the House in 1994.

"It will be a great loss next year to the region, and especially to the region’s electricity consumers," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council.

"Chairman Hastings has been one of the most stalwart supporters of the clean, renewable hydro power system in the Northwest," Corwin said. "His leadership and expertise will be missed greatly."

APPA awarded him its Public Service Award last year during the association's Legislative Rally in March. The Washington Republican "led the charge to push back" the Department of Energy’s initiative to drastically change the role of the federal power marketing administrations, APPA President and CEO Mark Crisson said.

"Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and, while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House," Hastings said last week, as he announced his decision to retire from Congress.

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