The Seattle City Council will honor retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks today for his more than four decades of service to Washington state. The Council has proclaimed Nov. 5-9 “Norm Dicks Week” in Seattle.
Dicks, 71, and his wife, Suzie, will be at the 2 p.m. City Council meeting to accept the proclamation. The Council plans to thank Dicks for his work on behalf of the state’s environment, including spearheading efforts to protect Puget Sound, funding for salmon recovery and efforts to preserve Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks.
The Council also will thank Dicks, D-Bremerton, for helping to win federal money to build the downtown Seattle bus tunnel and Sound Transit’s light rail project.
Dicks is stepping down after 36 years in Congress. Only Senators Warren Magnuson and Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson served longer terms. Dicks is the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. He’s also been such a strong advocate for Boeing that he’s known as “Mr. Boeing” and was instrumental in helping the company win the $35 billion Air Force refueling tanker contract last year.