Local councilman praises Norm Dicks as ‘a tireless and effective advocate’
March 2, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11:50 a.m. March 2, 2012
King County leaders praised U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks on Friday, after the 18-term congressman announced plans to retire in January 2013.
Dicks, a Belfair Democrat, earned a reputation as a champion of defense projects and environmental protection as the Washington congressional delegation’s longest-serving member.
“Thank you to Norm Dicks for a lifetime of service to Washington state,” County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “Norm has been a tireless and effective advocate for his district and the state as a whole.”
Dunn represents South King County communities near Issaquah on the King County Council.
“On a personal note, I was honored to have him serve as a pallbearer at my mom’s funeral. They developed a strong bond while working together in Congress, keeping the interests of the state above the interests of their respective parties,” Dunn continued. “For that, I will always be grateful.”
Dunn’s mother, the late Jennifer Dunn, represented Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., for 12 years.
King County Executive Dow Constantine also praised Dicks’ service to the Evergreen State.
“Norm Dicks’ current Congressional district doesn’t include any part of King County, but he has always been there for us as the dean of our delegation,” Constantine said in a statement. “In his three decades of service, he has delivered for the people of his district, King County and Washington state.”