Wilderness Society statement on announced retirement of Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)

Sep 6, 2017
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Washington State Regional Director Ben Greuel regarding the announcement from Rep. Dave Reichert’s office that he will not seek re-election to Congress:

“Representative Dave Reichert went to our nation’s capital as a popular and successful county sheriff, but he will come back to his native Washington as a passionate champion of our public lands heritage,” said Ben Greuel, Washington State Regional Director for The Wilderness Society.

“From expanding Washington state’s iconic Alpine Lakes Wilderness to defending the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against the threat of drilling, Representative Reichert ignored partisan politics to ensure that our public lands and waters were safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.”

“At a time when President Trump is doing all he can to eliminate the safeguards that protect our water, air and land, our country needs more leaders like Representative Dave Reichert. It is my hope that his legacy of working across party lines to protect our environment will live on both here in Washington state and deep in the halls of Congress.”


The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.