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I think Doc stayed around a long as he did because the people at home felt like he was there for the right reasons. He wasn’t there for Doc. This wasn’t about making him look good, this was about trying to change the government in a way he and they thought it needed to be changed. All of that is laid out in Mark Smith’s excellent narrative. It’s a first-class biography.
Lindsey Graham
Member of Congress (R – S.C.) (1993-2003)
U.S. Senator (R – S.C.) (2003 to present)
Mark Smith’s book about Doc Hastings provides an in-depth look at Congress during the exciting, but difficult years between 1995 and 2015 . . . . Although he rarely sought the spotlight, his colleagues considered him a true legislator, who thought government should be the servant of the people, and not its master, and who could be counted on to carry out difficult assignments when asked.
John Boehner
Member of Congress (R – OH) (1995-2015)
Speaker of the House of Representatives (2011-2015)―Doc and I served together for much of our congressional careers and . . . often saw the political turmoil Smith describes from different viewpoints, but his description of it holds true.Norm Dicks
Member of Congress (D-WA) (1977-2013)―Mark Smith’s compelling, insightful biography of Doc Hastings introduces a statewide audience to an under-rated Eastern Washington conservative with a conscience.

John C. Hughes
Legacy Washington Historian

Doc was a mentor for me, and an example what principled, conservative leadership is all about. He was a Ronald Reagan delegate to the 1976 Republican convention and remained true to the values of small government and free enterprise during his entire political career . . . . Doc was an influential leader on issues vital to our area: the cleanup of the Hanford Site, protecting the dams that provide electricity and irrigation, and improving forest management practices to reduce wildfires . . . . He came to know the complex House rules better than just about anyone. The Speaker could always turn to him when he needed a steady hand.

Cathy McMorris Rogers
Member of Congress (R – WA) (2003 to present)
Chair, House Republican Conference

Mark Smith’s new book . . . recognizes the often unappreciated contributions of Doc Hastings. . . . His personal values and his solid, conservative principles drove his politics, and he never wavered from either. Smith’s book also describes the divisive political events [of] Doc’s twenty years in Congress. Republican activists . . . became the establishment, overreached, struggled to recover, and then were threatened again from the right because they were no longer conservative enough. . . . The Democratic Party was the mirror image of the process, only from the left. Smith is a fine storyteller, and his book is a valuable primer on how we came to be where we are.

Slade Gorton
US Senator (R-WA) (1981-1987) (1989-2001)