George R. Nethercutt, Jr. was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2005, representing the Fifth Congressional District of Washington.
Nethercutt was born in Spokane, Washington in 1944 and graduated from North Central High School. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington State University and a law degree from Gonzaga University. He worked as a clerk for Alaskan federal Judge Raymond Plummer. Nethercutt then served as Staff Council and later Chief of Staff to Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. He returned to private practice in his home state. Specializing in estate and adoption law, he also founded the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a private, not-for-profit institution to help prevent child abuse. He had a personal interest in diabetic research and organizations.
Nethercutt was first elected to Congress in 1994, when he unseated the Speaker of the House Tom Foley. He was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee and the House Science Committee. He successfully won reelection for the next four terms.
In 2004 Nethercutt ran for the United States Senate but lost to the Democrat incumbent, Patty Murray. He then donated his Congressional Papers to Gonzaga University in 2005.
The following exhibition highlights items from his collection. His papers are processed and available through UASC in the Reading Room at the Foley Center Library on the third Floor.