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The Sixth Congressional District of Washington encompasses the Olympic Peninsulamarker, most of the Kitsap Peninsulamarker, and most of the city of Tacomamarker. Since 1977, the 6th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Norm Dicks, a Democrat from Bremertonmarker.

Established after the 1930 U.S. Census, the 6th District is a working class district, with many of its jobs provided by tourism and a declining timber industry on the Pacific and Juan de Fucamarker coasts, and by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyardmarker in Bremerton. Dicks, who has served in the U.S. Congress for more than a decade longer than any other member of the Washington delegation, is known as a so-called "defense Democrat" who is hawkish on national defense and takes moderate positions on many issues. Dicks has not faced substantive opposition since 1980, and easily won a 16th term in 2008 election.

Presidentially, the 6th leans Democratic. Al Gore and John Kerry carried the district in 2000 and 2004 with 52% and 53% of the vote, respectively. Barack Obama swept the district in 2008 with 57% of the vote.


Representative Party Term
Wesley Lloyd Democratic 1933 – 1936
John Main Coffee Democratic 1937 – 1947
Thor Carl Tollefson Republican 1947 – 1965
Floyd Verne Hicks Democratic 1965 – 1977
Norman DeValois "Norm" Dicks Democratic 1977 – present

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