Washington politics

Former Vice President Al Gore (L) sits with Rep. Norm Dicks  (D-WA) during a banquet honoring Dicks at the Washington State Democratic Convention. (credit: John Froschauer/Getty Images)

Washington’s 18-term Democrat Rep. Norm Dicks Retiring

As a young man, he worked for the late Warren Magnuson, a towering figure in the U.S. Senate known for his ability to strike deals and work with his fellow Democrats as well as Republicans. Almost four decades later, Rep. Norm Dicks rose to nearly equal stature in the House, famous as a fierce advocate for his state and labor interests but still able to count opponents as friends.