A native of Washington State, Norm was born and raised in Bremerton. After his success as both a student and star linebacker at the University of Washington, Norm continued on to earn a Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington. After graduation, he joined U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson’s staff and served as the Senator’s top aide. In 1976, Norm left Senator Magnuson’s office to seek election of his own, running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Thanks to the strong support of his constituents, Norm Dicks has been reelected ever since.
Since his first day in Congress, Norm has served on the highly-coveted House Appropriations Committee, where he currently serves as top-Ranking Democratic member. He also serves as the Ranking Democratic member on the following Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
These committee assignments, combined with Norm’s energetic legislative style, have helped create jobs and spur growth in the Sixth District and across Washington State. In 2009, Norm helped secure an additional $50 million for the clean-up of Puget Sound. He was also instrumental in securing funds to speed up the Elwha Dam Removal, creating hundreds of jobs in his district.
Norm has partnered with local citizens to bring needed federal resources to Tacoma, Bremerton and communities throughout his district. In July of 2009, Governor Gregoire, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and WADOT Paula Hammond joined Norm to celebrate the opening of the Bremerton Tunnel. The new tunnel now shuttles passengers off the ferry and underground through downtown, making downtown Bremerton a safe area for pedestrians and creating an environment where local businesses can thrive.
Norm is married to Suzanne Callison Dicks. Norm and Suzie have two sons, David and Ryan, and three grandchildren.