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Rick White (politician)

Richard Alan White (born November 6, 1953) is an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He represented the first congressional district of Washington as a Republican.

Rick White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byMaria Cantwell
Succeeded byJay Inslee
Personal details
Richard Alan White

(1953-11-06) November 6, 1953 (age 66)
Bloomington, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Vicki (1982-1998)[1]

Early life, education, and private sector careerEdit

White was born and raised primarily in Bloomington, Indiana, but due to his father's job with Marathon Oil, lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and Indianapolis, Indiana, for short periods and graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He attended Dartmouth College and studied abroad at the University of Paris.[2]

White received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1980. He was first hired as a law clerk to Judge Charles Clark and later became an attorney. In 1986, he became involved with politics for the first time, earning a term on the Queen Anne (Seattle) community council.[2]

White worked at the law firm of Perkins Coie for 11 years prior to being elected to Congress in 1994. He rejoined the firm in 1999.[3] White let his law license lapse while he wasn't practicing law, and his license was suspended by the Washington Supreme Court in 2003 for failure to pay bar dues. He was reinstated to the bar in 2005 after paying a small fee.[4]

From 2001 to 2005, White served as president and CEO of TechNet, a bipartisan group that lobbies on behalf of technology companies.[5] He co-founded and served as CEO of IP Street, Inc. He is currently principal of the Woodbay Group.[6]

Political careerEdit

White first won election to the House in 1994 against Democrat Maria Cantwell. White served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. While in Congress, he was active on issues related to the Internet and technology. He founded the Congressional Internet Caucus and he helped develop the Telecommunications Act of 1996.[7]

He won re-election for a second term in 1996, but was defeated by Democrat Jay Inslee in 1998. Running on a pro-life platform, spoiler Bruce Craswell's third party candidacy cut into the traditional Republican base. White had exceeded 50% of the vote in 1994 and 1996, but the Craswell factor left him with less than 45% in 1998.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rep. Rick White's Divorce Granted". Seattle Times. Associated Press. April 16, 1998. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "WHITE, Richard Alan (Rick), (1953 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ Christie, Tim (March 16, 1999). "RICK WHITE: Ex-representative returns to Seattle law firm". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ Carter, Mike (March 17, 2007). "U.S. attorney candidate can't practice law". Seattle Times. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ Said, Carolyn (January 15, 2005). "TechNet president to leave / White returning to Washington state after 4 years on job". SF Gate. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Rick White". Markle. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  7. ^ Harris, Blake (November 30, 1997). "Rep. Rick White: Congress' Internet Guru". GovTech. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Democrat Inslee bests incumbent White for Washington House seat". CNN. November 4, 1998. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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