Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement after learning Congressman Norm Dicks will retire in January:
"There has been no greater advocate for our state than Congressman Norm Dicks. For nearly four decades, Norm has fought hard for Washingtonians -- pushing Congress to take action to protect our military bases, our companies including Boeing, and of course the health of the Puget Sound. He has been a trusted partner, a staunch ally, and a close friend.
"Washingtonians statewide will greatly miss Norm's presence in Congress. He will leave behind a legacy that is unmatched. I wish Norm and his family all the best as they move into this next stage of their life -- and on behalf of all Washingtonians, thank him for his steadfast service and commitment to our state."