Dick Muri

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Dick Muri
Washington House of Representatives, District 28
In office
July 3, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedJuly 2, 2013
Appointed byPierce County Council
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAshland High School
AssociateUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bachelor'sGolden Gate University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Place of birthFairbanks, Alaska
Office website
Campaign website
Richard "Dick" Muri is a Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing District 28. He was first appointed to the chamber in a 7-0 vote by the Pierce County Council on July 2, 2013. Muri replaced Steve O'Ban (R), who resigned after being appointed to the Washington State Senate.[1]

Muri is a former Pierce County Councilman.[2]

Muri was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Washington. He lost in the general election.[3]


Muri earned his bachelor's degree in Environmental Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.P.A. from Golden Gate University. He served in the United States Air Force for 22 years.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Muri served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Assistant Ranking Minority Member


After being sworn in, Muri served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Muri's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "As your congressman, Dick Muri will choose to work with both parties to balance the budget. It will require courage to make tough decisions. Popular entitlement programs must be reformed. Waste in the Defense budget must be cut. The tax code must be re-written to be fairer, flatter and less prone to the political abuses that allow massive corporations, like GE, to avoid paying taxes – effectively shifting taxes to small businesses and the middle class.[4]
  • Dick Muri wants a restoration of federalism. Ending federal funding for education, healthcare and other programs would be disastrous, but we can reduce the mandates that accompany this money. Dick Muri will trust states, local governments and the people to make decisions for themselves.[5]
  • Muri favors a timely withdrawal from Afghanistan. Muri opposes major cuts to national defense, but will work to cut wasteful spending from the defense budget. He opposes Congress’ thoughtless plan to waste tax payer money on a second engine for the F-35 and will apply this same commonsense to future defense procurement decisions.[6]
  • Dick will join with pro-job Democrats to require all federal rules meet a basic cost-benefit-analysis to ensure that we’re protecting workers and the environment without destroying family wage jobs.[7]



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 49 districts (98 seats) in the Washington House of Representatives took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Mary Moss (D) and incumbent Dick Muri (R) were unopposed in the primary. Moss was defeated by Muri in the general election.[8][9][10]

Washington House of Representatives, District 28a General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDick Muri Incumbent 57.8% 22,022
     Democratic Mary Moss 42.2% 16,066
Total Votes 38,088


See also: Washington's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Muri ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 10th District. Muri and Denny Heck advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012. Heck won.[3]

The 10th District was added in 2012 as a result of the 2010 Census findings. The new district was seen as favorable to Democrats.[11]

U.S. House, Washington District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Heck 58.6% 163,036
     Republican Richard Muri 41.4% 115,381
Total Votes 278,417
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Muri's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Muri lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Muri's campaign committee raised a total of $257,425 and spent $256,741.[12]


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In 2014, the 63rd Washington State Legislature was in session from January 13 to March 14.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes for or against CCF's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on "small business interests."
Legislators are scored on their stances on pro-choice issues.
Legislators are scored on their stances on their "work to support and advance the UW and higher education."
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Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[14] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[14] Muri missed 0 votes in a total of 517 roll calls.


Muri is married with four children and four grandchildren.[15]

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