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Norm Dicks

Norm Dicks is the former United States Representative for Washington’s 6th congressional district, serving between 1977 and 2013. He was born and raised in Bremerton. As a student at the University of Washington, he played linebacker on the football team, while earning his B.A. and Juris Doctor Degrees. After graduating, he worked as a legislative and administration assistant for former Washington Senator, Warren G. Magnuson.

Running for a seat on the House of Representatives for the first time in 1976, he won and was awarded a seat on the House Appropriations Committee during this first term. He also served 8 years on the House Intelligence Committee. He served his constituency in the House for 36 years before retiring from Congress in 2013.

Congressman Dicks has a long history supporting health care and Community Health Care in particular. In 1980, the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), a federal funding source, would spur new growth for the fledgling clinic network. Tom Hilyard, Program Development Specialist in Tacoma’s Human Development Department and a member of the Pierce County Health Council, was instrumental in writing the first UHI grant request. When the proposal became stalled in Washington, D.C., Norm Dicks ushered it through what was then called the Health, Education & Welfare Committee.

In 1990, a Health Care for the Homeless Program opened under sub-contract with Tacoma’s Metropolitan Development Council, and Community Health Care Delivery System, (CHCDS) received federal support for HIV/AIDS care through the Ryan White Title III HIV Early Intervention Program. A new Children’s Clinic was dedicated in the Hilltop neighborhood in August of 1991, with Representative Norm Dicks, continuing his faithful support for the clinics, in attendance.

We are honoring Congressman Dicks for being a Health Hero, due to recognition that health care is a right and not a privilege and his work towards affordable and accessible health care for all.