Jason Ritchie is a family man who has built his own small business from scratch over the last ten years. With hands on experience creating jobs and a deep understanding of the struggle to get by that so many American families are experiencing, Jason is uniquely qualified to be the next member of Congress from Washington’s 8th Congressional District.
Jason’s business, Handi Habitats, is a labor of love that grew out of a challenging time for his family. When Jason’s father had a stroke that left him paralyzed, Jason left his teaching position at a local community college to help his father remodel his home for accessibility.
Realizing that his father’s needs were not unique, Jason set out to start his business helping people with physical challenges nationwide. Since then his business has grown to help injured workers, veterans and seniors live safely at home.
The experience of building a business that not only creates living wage American jobs but serves the public gives Jason a unique perspective which he hopes to bring to congress. When Reichert joined other extremists in shutting down the government and harming small businesses across the country - including Jason’s own – Jason felt an obligation to hold congress accountable and serve the public.
A lifelong moderate Democrat, Jason has a double major in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan and later went back to school and received a Master’s in History from Eastern Michigan University.
Jason lives with his wife of 16 years, Amy and their two children Charlie and Sam who both attend Issaquah Public Schools.