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Heard on the Hill: He’s an Old-Fashioned Reader

Rep. Dave Reichert is decidedly old school. When it comes to reading, that is.

The Washington Republican is among Congress’ most avid readers, typically diving into a book on one of those long cross-country flights between D.C. and his district. But Reichert does not own a digital reading device. While his wife has a Kindle, and he appreciates the innovative technology, Reichert prefers the feel of a book in his hands.

Reichert often incorporates his love of literature into his work in Congress, from speeches to meetings with constituents. He often loans books to staff, takes reading recommendations from district residents and even tweets book recommendations to followers.

Reichert’s favorite genre is history, he says.

He prefers “anything that has a focus on leadership and seemingly insurmountable odds. I like challenges, and I like to see how people have overcome the challenges in their lives, and the fortitude they’ve shown to persevere.”

Reichert’s favorite book growing up was “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Among the books that Reichert has read recently, he recommends “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” and “Comeback America,” which he just finished.

Reichert is currently reading “The Story of the Constitutional Convention” and next plans on diving into former President George W. Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points.”

Reichert doesn’t just read books; he has also written one. The former King County sheriff wrote “Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer” in 2004.

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