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Hicks was born in Prosser, Washington on a Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. He attended Central Washington State College from which he earned an education degree. Hicks became a high school teacher and football coach. He continued his education at Washington State University, from which he earned certification as an education administrator.
When World War II broke out, Hicks joined the U.S. Army in 1942. He rose to the rank of captain in his four years in the military. Following his discharge, Hicks enrolled in the University of Washington, from which he earned a law degree in 1948. Soon afterward, he set up a small private practice in Pierce County, Washington. In 1961, Hicks was chosen as a superior court judge for his county.
In 1964, Hicks was elected to Congress, where he served on the House Committee on Armed Services. He served six terms, leaving Congress in 1976.
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Thor C. Tollefson
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