As a Pierce County Councilman, Dick was able to balance the County budget -- all while setting aside a sizable rainy day fund; promote local jobs by improving roads and simplifying rules that hurt small business; and protect the environment by preserving hundreds of acres of wilderness by protecting the habitat and allowing for recreation. In Congress, Dick will work to have the same record of balancing the federal budget; improve the economy; and protecting the environment as he has on the Council. He will also work to protect veterans and their families.
Pierce County Councilmember and Congressional Candidate Dick Muri was born November 30th, 1953 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dick has been happily married since 1979 to Mary Muri (formerly Mary Burns - Lakes HS '75) and has four children, Jennifer, Jonathan, Sarah, and Bradley, and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way.
Dick is a retired Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force. He is now in his ninth year on the Pierce County Council.
A 23 year resident and active Steilacoom community leader, he is Past President of the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club - a community partner with the 1st Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis; a former member of the Steilacoom Historical School District #1 Board of Directors; Co-founder and Director of the Steilacoom Lakewood Youth Wrestling Association; Past President of the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club; member of Bates Management Training Center Board of Directors; and active member of many local Veteran organizations.
Dick Muri took office as Pierce County Councilmember District 6 on November 19, 2003.
Dick serves in leadership positions as Chair of the Performance Audit Committee, Vice-Chair of both the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board and Select Committee for Emergency Preparedness, and Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Task Force.
Councilmember Muri is also a member of the following county council standing committees: Community Development, Economic Infrastructure & Development, and Public Safety & Human Services.
Dick attends St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Steilacoom.
Dick received the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award for 1996 and was inducted into the Fort Lewis Civilian Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Fort Lewis in January 2006. Other community recognition includes the 2002 Washington State District Three Middle School Wrestling Coach of the Year Award.
Dick graduated from Ashland High in Ashland Massachusetts in 1971 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1975. He then earned his Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University in 1988.
Dick was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1975. He earned his navigator wings in 1976 and flew the C-141 as a Navigator. Muri served in the Gulf War from 1990-1991 as Deputy Commander of the 628th Military Airlift Support Squadron at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey. From 1992-1997, Muri was Chief of Quality Management for McChord AFB, directing a program that won numerous awards for excellence from the United States Air Force and Washington State. He retired as a Lt. Colonel with 22 years military experience.