Norm Dicks (D): U.S. Representative, District C6
Congressman Dicks has been the Congressman for the 6th Congressional District in WA since his election victory in 1976, over 30 years ago. His voting record has been generally been good on the environment and has been getting better over the years. The environment has always been a high priority for Rep. Dicks, who has served on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee during his entire tenure in Congress. In 1984 he was responsible for a key addition, the Clearwater area, to the Washington Wilderness bill and he has consistently succeeded in funding other critical additions to National Parks and roadless areas in Washington State.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was involved in the regional effort to develop a response to the listing of the Northern Spotted Owl, which resulted in reductions of timber harvesting on federal lands. During the Clinton-Gore Administration, he worked with all of the relevant federal agencies to assemble a program of federal assistance to affected forest workers and timber communities, which has totaled more than $1.2 billion in the past six years and which continues today. He also worked with the Clinton-Gore Administration to bring federal assistance to the west coast states to address the listings of threatened salmon runs. Perhaps his biggest environmental achievement came in September 2000, when Representative Dicks wrote a landmark bill that created a new federal lands conservation trust. This bill doubled the nation's commitment to preserving threatened parklands and protecting wildlife over a six year period.
League of Conservation Voters (LCV) rated Dicks with a 95 (out of 100) for his voting record on the environment. Note his current LCV rating of 95 is the highest rating of any Congressman in WA. Dicks is the senior Congressman from the WA delegation and serves as the Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, on which he has served for his entire tenure in the U.S. Congress. In this role, he has worked to increase funding for the Federal land management and conservation agencies within the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction, including our National Parks, Forests, Tribal lands, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dicks is considered an important environmental advocate in Congress and serves in a powerful postion as Chair of the Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.
Congressman Norm Dicks’ campaign website is http://www.normdicks.com.