- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 18, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Retired U.S. Rep. Lloyd Meeds, a former congressman from Washington state, died Aug. 17 at his home in Church Creek, Md., after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

Mr. Meeds, a Democrat who worked closely with the state’s legendary senators Henry M. Jackson and Warren G. Magnuson, represented the 2nd District in the House for seven terms.

After his retirement in 1979, he had a long career as a partner with the Seattle-based law firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. He was connected with the law firm’s D.C. branch.

Mr. Meeds was known for his work on conservation, education and implementing some of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs. He also worked on American Indian issues.

He sponsored legislation to create Head Start, the Youth Conservation Corps, school nutrition programs and vocational education support. He helped create the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and the North Cascades National Park.

Mr. Meeds was born in rural Dillon, Mont. His family moved to Monroe, Wash., northeast of Seattle, when he was in high school. After a tour of duty in the Navy, he graduated from Everett Community College and owned and operated a service station in Monroe for four years. He went back to college and graduated second in his class at Gonzaga Law School in 1958.

After working as a deputy prosecutor and in a private practice, he was elected Snohomish County prosecutor in 1962, and served until his election to Congress in 1964.

Some environmentalists and tribes also were unhappy with him, despite his long work on their issues. Frustrated and not wanting to face another grueling, expensive campaign, he announced in late 1977 that he would step down at the end of his term.

He was succeeded in Congress by his close aide, Al Swift, who served for 16 years.

Karen Glover, managing partner of Preston Gates, called him a beloved and highly respected colleague.

“Through all of his years in Washington, D.C., Lloyd never forgot his Northwest roots,” she said.

Mr. Meeds is survived by his wife of more than 35 years, Mary; a daughter, Deborah Kendall; two children from his first marriage, Michael and Michelle; a brother, David; and several grandchildren.

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