Mary Lou Dickerson
|Mary Lou Dickerson|
|Member of the Washington House of Representatives|
from the 36th district
Assumed office |
September 3, 1946|
|Alma mater||University of Oregon, University of Hawaii|
Representative Dickerson was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994, representing the 36th legislative district as a Democrat. She served 9 terms in the House and served as the chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations committee. She also sat on the Ways and Means committee and the Early Learning and Human Services committee. Her legislative priorities included:
- security for children and families
- quality education; clean and safe environment
- generating revenue for the state by taxing the sale of manufactured and processed marijuana
- safe and practical transportation solutions
Representative Dickerson resides in Seattle with her husband, John Birnel. They have two children, Chloe & Noah.
Representative Dickerson holds a M.S.W from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She also completed post-graduate work in Business and Public Administration.
In addition to being an Author, Representative Dickerson worked as Executive Director for the Bellevue Schools Foundation and North Seattle Youth Services. She also worked as Program Development Director for the National CASA Association and as Program Manager for Echo Glen Treatment Center.
- Ballard Family Support Center Leadership Team
- Founder, Treehouse
- Past Chair, Washington Coalition of Public Schools Foundation
- Past Board Member, Children's Alliance
- Infant, toddler early intervention program - State Interagency Coordinating Council
Dickerson received the 2008 Fuse "Intercontinental Smackdown Champion" award "for relentlessly arm-twisting fellow legislators into supporting a strong toy safety bill while successfully body-slamming the toy industry’s efforts to sell toxic toys to our kids." The award honors her role in the passage of the Children’s Safe Products Act.
Other awards and honors include:
- American Foundation for the Blind - Catherine Gallagher Award
- Home Care Association of Washington - 1998 Legislator of the Year
- Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators - Justice Award
- Washington State Legislature - Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson official WA House website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (WA) profile
- Follow the Money - Mary Lou Dickerson