Info & Issues About John

My name is Vicki Koster and my husband John is running for Congress.   I would like to tell you about my husband.

I’ve known John for nearly 47 years.  We met when we were 14, when John’s family had a small family farm. Our courtship was storybook perfect—I was the Homecoming Queen and he was a star football player at Arlington High School.  After dating John throughout high school, we married right after graduating.

John and Vicki KosterThat was 1970—we’ve now been married for 41 years and have four grown children and 9 grandchildren.

There are so many things I could say about John.  He’s been a devoted husband and I simply could not have dreamed of a better father to our four children.  

But while our courtship was storybook perfect, our life together hasn’t always been easy.  Like most working families we experienced some lean times—and there were days when it was all we could do to keep the farm going and pay the bills.  

You learn a lot about a man’s character during the difficult times.   I can say with absolute honesty that I am blessed to have had John by my side during those times.  Never once did John complain about having to work so hard, never once did he think about giving up.  Never once did he demonstrate anything but commitment to putting in an honest, hard day’s work to provide for his family.

There are many things I love and respect about John, but tops on the list are his honesty and his principled nature.  John is the most honest, ethical and straightforward man I have ever met.  Like it or not, you always know where John stands on an issue—it simply is not in his nature to double talk.   

So when John says he is running for Congress because he is concerned with the future of this great country, you can believe it.   John truly believes he owes it to future generations—his and yours—to do what is right for America.  

He knows it will be hard, and likely thankless, work.  But having spent most of his life working on a farm, John knows what hard work is, and he has never let it deter him from his goals.   And I can promise John will never put concerns with staying in office over voting his conscience.

I truly believe we need more leaders like John.  If every elected official adopted his no-nonsense, honest approach to political issues, I don’t think our country would be grappling with many of the issues that threaten us today.

I hope you will support John for Congress.  He is a man of his word and a man of great integrity.  I think he is exactly what the 1st Congressional District needs.

God Bless You.

Vicki Koster

John Koster

“I’ve always believed that government policies need to encourage a healthy economic climate that stimulates commerce, thereby creating good paying jobs for our families.  Revenues for police, roads, schools and other programs come from a tax base wholly dependent on a vibrant economy. 

Prosperity is created by a healthy private sector unshackled by heavy government regulation. If our children are going to have a bright future, it begins with government that lives within its means; one that allows its people to flourish.”

-John Koster

John Koster married his wife Vicki in 1971.  They have 4 grown children, and 9 grandchildren. The family resides in Snohomish County and there is nothing that gives John more pleasure than spending time with his grandchildren.

As a businessman and public servant, John Koster has the right experience to represent us in Congress. John was a three term state representative in Olympia, where he earned a reputation as a fiscal watchdog.  During his time in the legislature, John was responsible for organizing the Washington State Conservative Caucus where he worked with other legislators to lower taxes and cut spending.

It is John's love of family that prompted him to run for Congress.  John is concerned that the American Dream that he was able to live will not be available for future generations.  The debt that Congress is running up is out of control, and we are rapidly destroying the free enterprise system that made America's economy the most productive in the world.

After his remarkably successful service in the Washington State House, John continued his public service after getting elected to the Snohomish County Council.  As a county councilman, John has not only been a leader on the county-level, he has been chosen by his peers to serve on the board of directors of the National and State Associations of Counties.

John is a lifelong resident of Snohomish County and has been active in the community, serving on the Snohomish Agricultural Advisory Committee. He is a past Board President of Arlington Christian School and attends Arlington First Baptist Church.

  • 2011 President of the Washington Association of Counties
  • 2011 Skagit County Republican of the Year
  • 2009 recipient of the “Elected Official of the Year Award” from the Marysville/Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.
  • Independent Business Association “Gold Medal Award” 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.
  • Washington Vocational Association Certificate of Appreciation 1996, 1997, 1998.
  • Washington Retail Association Certificate of Appreciation 1995, 1996, 1997,1998.
  • National Federation of Independent Business “Guardian of Small Business” award 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.
  • Washington State Farm Bureau Certificate of Appreciation Award 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.
  • Association of Washington Business “Cornerstone Award” 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Campaign Contacts

King County Headquarters
611 Market Street, Suite 9
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 206-849-1096
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Snohomish County Headquarters
122 128th St SE, Suite B
Everett, WA 98209
*Lower level of Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant
Phone: 425-332-2240
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