Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks, a former college football player who cast a huge presence over state and national politics for more than 30 years, announced Friday he'll retire at the end of the year after 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"I have been thinking about this for years. At some point you have to retire. I just decided this was the right time," Dicks told The Associated Press.
In an interview with KPLU, he pointed out that he's been commuting to work in the other Washington for 44 years.
"You know, eight with Senator Magnuson and 36 years in the house of representatives," Dicks said.
He said he also has a neck issue from football that's been bugging him recently. All of that added up to his conclusion that it's time to step aside and let somebody else be the Congressman from the 6th District.
"I hope a Democrat wins, but there's no guarantee. There was no guarantee that I was going to win," Dicks said.