Doc and his wife, Claire, live in Pasco — a town Doc’s called home his entire life. They have three children (Kristen, Petrina, and Colin) and eight grandchildren.
Doc grew up in Pasco and graduated from Pasco High School. He attended both Central Washington University and Columbia Basin College.
Before being elected to Congress, Doc ran his family-owned small business, Columbia Basin Paper and Supply. He was an active member of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, the Pasco/Kennewick Rotary Club, the Pasco Downtown Development Association and the Pasco Jaycees. He also served on the Board of Directors of Yakima Federal Savings.
From 1979 to 1987, Doc served in the Washington State Legislature as State Representative, where he was selected by his colleagues to be Assistant Majority Leader and Republican Caucus Chairman. Doc voluntarily left the Legislature so he could be home with his kids as they experienced their high school years.
Doc serves as the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which overseas most federal land and water policies, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Columbia Basin Project, the Yakima Project, federal hydropower dams, and national forests. The Committee also has a key role in developing more energy and creating more jobs here in the United States.
Doc is the founder and Chairman of the House Nuclear Clean-Up Caucus. He also serves as a Co-Chairman of the Northwest Energy Caucus and is a member of the Rural Health Care Coalition and the Specialty Crop Caucus.
Doc cites Ronald Reagan as his inspiration to become actively engaged in politics.
Doc Hastings was reelected in 2010 with 67 percent of the vote.