Speech at Pierce County Kickoff
|Washington State Representative from the 28th Legislative District, Position 1|
|Assumed office |
July 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Steve O'Ban|
|Pierce County Council, Position 6|
November 19, 2003 – December 31, 2012
|Preceded by||Paul A. Bocchi|
|Succeeded by||Douglas Richardson|
Richard Walter Muri
November 30, 1953
|Spouse(s)||Mary L. (Burns) Muri|
|Alma mater||University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.S.)|
Golden Gate University (M.P.A.)
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1975 – 1997 (22 years)|
Richard Walter Muri (born November 30, 1953) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He is a former member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 28th legislative district. Muri was appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives following (now former) State Representative Steve O'Ban's appointment to the Washington State Senate after State Senator Mike Carrell's death. From 2003 to 2012, he served as a Republican member of the Pierce County Council, representing the 6th District. In 2010, he ran as a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Washington's 9th congressional district against incumbent Democratic Congressman Adam Smith, eventually losing to Smith by nearly 10 points. In 2012, he again ran, this time in Washington's 10th congressional district against Denny Heck, losing by 17 points.
Personal life and career
Life and family
28th District State Representative Richard Walter "Dick" Muri was born November 30, 1953 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland, Massachusetts in 1971 and received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1975 and his Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University in 1988.
Dick has been married since 1979 to Mary Muri (formerly Mary Burns - Lakes HS '75) and has four children, Jennifer, Jonathan, Sarah, and Bradley. Dick and Mary have eleven grandchildren, Makenna, Sterling, Garrison, Boone, Capri, Cannon, Cora, Blair, Aria, Warren and Huck.
Dick was commissioned via ROTC at UMass Amherst as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1975. He earned his navigator wings at Mather Air Force Base in 1976 and flew the C-141 Starlifter at McChord Air Force Base as a Navigator in the 8th Military Airlift Squadron (MAS) from 1977 to 1985 and as a member of the 36th Airlift Squadron (AS) from 1991 to 1993. Muri was also assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing as an Airlift Control Element (ALCE) Operations Officer and a Tactical Airlift Liaison Officer (TALO) from 1982 to 1984. Muri served at Travis Air Force Base from 1984 to 1989 as a member of the 22nd Air Force Staff and a member of the 1702 Mobility Support Squadron. Muri was a member of the Airlift Control Center (ALCC) Cadre and as a manager of the 22nd Air Force area TALOs. Muri served in the Gulf War from 1990-1991 as Director of Airlift Operation of the 628th Military Airlift Support Squadron at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey.
From 1992-1997, Muri was Chief of Quality Management for McChord Air Force Base, 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 on 1 January 1998.
Dick Muri took office as Pierce County Councilmember District 6 on November 19, 2003, serving Lakewood, Steilacoom, DuPont, Roy, McKenna, Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, and the island communities of Anderson, McNeil, and Ketron.
Muri served 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.
Muri was a member of the following county council standing committees: Community Development, Economic Infrastructure & Development, and Public Safety & Human Services.
External Boards and Commissions include the Joint City-Council Open Space Determination Board, Law and Justice Community Oversight Committee, Pierce County Reserve Officers Board of Trustees, Pierce Transit Board, Rainier Communications Commission, Zoo & Trek Authority (ZTA), Safe Streets, and Pierce County Law and Justice Council. Muri ran for his second term for Pierce County Councilmember District 6, promising to continue being the most accessible elected official for the Council, and offering a strong record of open, efficient, and responsible County government.
As chairman of the Performance Audit Committee, Muri worked with the Justice Management Institution to improve the processes involved in the Pierce County judicial system.
As a Councilmember, Muri was committed to supporting veterans and protecting their 50,000 family wage jobs at Joint Base Lewis McChord. He is also heavily involved with conservation and land preservation projects around the district, such as protecting the undeveloped 18-acre (73,000 m2) Salter’s Point woods in Steilacoom and expanding Lakewood’s Wards Lake Park.
Muri 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. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017. He was selected out of 330 National Drive Electric Week "City Captains" as City Captain of the Year in 2018 by Plug In America. In 2019 Muri was selected by the Steilacoom Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce as the Steilacoom Citizen of the Year.
A Charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Steilacoom in 1993. He is Past President of the Steilacoom Kiwanis Club - a community partner with the 42nd Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis; a former member of the Steilacoom Historical School District #1 Board of Directors (1997 to 2004); Pierce County Council District # 6 2003 - 2012, 28th District State Representative Position # 1 2013 - 2018, Co-founder and Director of the Steilacoom Lakewood Youth Wrestling Association (1991 to 2005); past member of Bates Management Training Center Board of Directors; and active member of many local Veteran organizations.
In 2012 Muri ran again for Congress, this time in the newly created 10th Congressional District.
Muri was defeated in his bid to become the district's first congressman by former state legislator Denny Heck 58.6% to 41.4%.
Washington State House of Representatives
On May 29, 2013, longtime state legislator Senator Mike Carrell died from complications with myelodysplastic syndrome. On June 5, 2013, Representative Steve O'Ban was appointed by the Pierce County Council to fill the vacant seat in the State Senate.
On July 3, 2013, Muri was unanimously appointed by the Pierce County Council to fill the seat vacated by O'Ban.
Muri ran to retain his seat against Democratic challenger Mary Moss. Muri prevailed 57.8% to 42.2%.
In 2018 Muri served as the assistant ranking member of the State of Washington House of Representatives Education Committee and assistant ranking member of the House Judiciary. Muri is also a former member of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee.
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- "Pierce County Council History". co.pierce.wa.us. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- "GOP picks up 3rd Congressional District seat from Dems". seattletimes.com. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- "Denny Heck gets set to represent the 10th District in D.C." thenewstribune.com. 2012-11-12. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- Dick Muri for State Representative official campaign site
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Two from GOP to challenge Smith for Congress seat by Brad Shannon, The Olympian, 6/15/08
- Second Republican enters race for Smith’s House seat[permanent dead link] by David Wickert, The News Tribune, 5/30/08