Norm Dicks

Norm Dicks Washington mugshot

Dishonorable Mention

Rep. Norm Dicks didn’t hesitate to use his powerful committee assignment as a source of big gifts for his son.

As the chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Norm Dicks increased federal funding to the Puget Sound Partnership, a nonprofit group where his son, David Dicks, was executive director, from $20 million to $50 million.

The Environmental Protection Agency later investigated questionable spending by the Partnership and forced it to return more than $120,000.

  • Eighteen-term member of Congress representing Washington’s sixth district 
  • Used his position as an Appropriations Committee subcommittee chairman to steer funds to a nonprofit group run by his son
  • Ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee
  • Appeared in CREW's Family Affair exposé 


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