My parents still live in this, my first home district. Rick Larsen is a three-term Representative who, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has since 2000 taken politically brave stands to protect American security, including most recently, voting against the Military Commissions Act and advocating instead of the proposed secret tribunals, "a system that, if adopted by another country, would treat our people in the military fairly if they were captured.â
Larsen is a member of the Northern Border Caucus, and has worked to double the number of border personnel in my old District, which borders Canada. He helped to secure new Coast Guard cutters and to establish a new Custom and Border Protection agency air operations branch. Nevertheless, he has opposed the proposed construction of a wall along the Mexican border.southern border--a stance more principled than opportunistic in this districgt, where increased settlement in previously all-white counties by laborers migrating up from the southern border has unfortunately been met with suspicion and covert--sometimes overt--racism.
On key issues, Larsen protects the environment, civil rights and liberties, seniors, veterans, and labor, and is solidly pro-choice and pro-health care. See http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=WWA78357.