Steve Stivers

Washington GOP congressman's retirement gives Democrats hope

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state said Wednesday that he was retiring from Congress after seven terms, giving Democrats renewed hope of winning a district solely held by Republicans since its creation more than three decades ago.

Reichert, 67, a former sheriff known for his work that led to the capture of a serial killer convicted of killing 49 women, has represented a suburban district east of Seattle since 2005. It's one of four Republican-held House seats in a state where Democrats make up the majority of the congressional delegation.

Reichert said in a written statement that his decision not to seek re-election was difficult, but added, "I believe it...