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Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1953
Birth Place: Fairbanks, AK, United States
Residence: Steilacoom, WA
Dick Muri was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and currently lives in Steilacoom, Wash. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree at Golden Gate University.
Muri became an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1975 and served in the Gulf War in the early 1990s. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Muri began as a member of the Pierce County Council in 2003, working on issues such as reducing the backlog in the local courts. Muri ran for Washington's 9th Congressional District seat in 2010 but lost to the incumbent, Rep. Adam Smith.
He announced at the end of 2011, when the state was finalizing its redistricting plan, that he would campaign in 2012 for Washington's new 10th District.
Muri and his wife, Mary, have four children.
Dick Muri believes the federal government has seized too much control in areas such as health care and education and that local governments can do a better job handling those issues. He is running for Washington State's newly created 10th Congressional District seat. He will face Democrat Denny Heck in the November 2012 election.
Muri opposes the 2010 health care reform bill backed by President Barack Obama, saying it essentially forces Americans to contribute to the profits of insurance companies.
Muri has focused his campaign on the issue of balancing the federal budget _ a process he says will require difficult decisions. He says members of Congress need to eliminate waste in defense spending and reform entitlement programs.
As a former Air Force officer, Muri expresses concern about long deployments overseas, and he supports withdrawal from Afghanistan. He lives near Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Muri says he will reject campaign contributions from Wall Street firms.
Source: Associated Press
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