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Longtime Dem congressman won't seek re-election



Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), who has served 18 terms in Congress and is the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced he won't seek re-election.

"I am announcing today my intention to complete my service in the House of Representatives at the end of the current session but not to be a candidate for re-election to the 113th Congress," he said. "After 18 terms representing the people of the 6th Congressional District of Washington, preceded by eight years on the Staff of Senator Warren G. Magnuson, Suzie and I have made the decision to change gears and enjoy life at a different pace."

Democrats are expected to hold on to Dicks' seat. Barack Obama won 57% of the vote in the district in 2008.