“Freight rail opens the gateway to the world’s economy while contributing $28.5 billion to Washington’s economy each year and supporting more than 10 percent of our state’s jobs. Continued strong private investment by the railroads is essential to maintaining our global trade links.”

Richard “Dick” Muri was appointed to the Washington House of Representatives in July 2013 and was elected to his first full term in 2014. He is the assistant ranking member on the Education Committee, a member of the Judiciary Committee and Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs, and he also serves on the Legislative Task Force on Career Education Opportunities. From 2003 to 2012, he served as a Pierce County Councilmember.

Muri was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. He received a B.S. in environmental health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.P.A. from Golden Gate University. Commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1975, Muri earned his navigator wings in 1976 and flew the C-141 as a navigator. He is an Operation Urgent Fury and Gulf War veteran and a retired lieutenant colonel, having served in the Air Force for 22 years. Muri and his wife reside in Steilacoom.

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