Elected Experience: Steilacoom Historical School (District # 1) board member, 1997--2004; Pierce County Councilman, 2003–Present
Other Professional Experience: USAF Retired Lieutenant Colonel with 22-year military career, including 5 years as McChord Chief of Quality Management, Director of Airlift Operations, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey 1989–91 (Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Provide Comfort).
Education: Masters of Public Administration, Golden Gate University, 1987; B.S. in Environmental Health, University Massachusetts Amherst, 1975; Numerous professional military education courses.
Community Service: Charter member, Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom; Past board member, Steilacoom Historical Museum Association; Breakfast Team Leader, St. John Bosco; Youth wrestling coach.
Statement: Stationed at McChord AFB, I married the love of my life Mary, settled down in my adopted hometown of Steilacoom and raised four children who are now married and having our grandchildren.
Future generations will not have the same quality of life we enjoy if the out-of-control spending by the incumbents is not stopped. This generational theft threatens the economic vitality and future of our country. Our government has taxed, borrowed, and spent an exorbitant amount of your money. Every American owes over $40,000 on behalf of the government. Record deficits and lack of smart oversight have mangled the job market and hurt small business growth.
The incumbent speaks like a moderate, but his voting record essentially follows Nancy Pelosi and the liberal congress. With so-called “Obamacare”, the failed stimulus package, special interest earmarks, corporate bailouts, cap and trade (an enormous domestic energy tax increase), and increased foreign aid, the incumbent has ballooned our debt and reliance on foreign countries.
My votes will support federal priorities of ensuring a good business climate for job creation, supporting military families and veterans, giving control of educational priorities to local school boards, promoting energy independence, preserving our beautiful environment, and protecting our borders from illegal aliens.
I am proud to be endorsed by Attorney General Rob McKenna, the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, numerous elected officials throughout Washington State, and thousands of private citizens who are concerned about the direction of our country. I encourage you to visit DickMuri.com to learn about my solutions and strategies to strengthen our country.
We need a congressman who votes the way he talks. America is a great nation; we must have responsible solutions to our problems, and a sustainable federal government that adheres to our Constitution's enumerated powers.