Kilmer Statement on Passing of Dawn Lucien

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) released the following statement on the news that Dawn Lucien passed away. 

“Thinking about my interactions with Dawn Lucien as a member of Congress and as a State Legislator, the thing I’ve probably appreciated the most has been the valuable role that she has played. Some people refer to the role she played diplomatically. They would say that she was a convener. I think we should call it what it is. She was fearless about corralling local elected officials, knocking them upside the head, and telling them to get their acts together.”

“There are very few people in this world who, simply by the potent combination of intelligence, kindness, sweetness, and delicious appetizers, could summon people of all parties, of all degrees of seniority to her home, and make things happen. What has always struck me about Dawn was her amazing ability to get things done. Not only did Dawn convene and simply persuade decision makers – but once she had her audience - she always made a clear case for action. And, the results are indisputable. Whether it was the UWT campus, the Murray Morgan Bridge, or the development of Tacoma schools and the downtown core…there is no doubt that if it helped move Tacoma forward – Dawn probably put together a meeting to talk about it early on.” 

“While Dawn had some pretty amazing titles – Norm Dicks's Office Manager, City Council Member, Delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Calendar – it is amazing what she was able to accomplish with the title of citizen. She was such a passionate and energetic citizen of Tacoma. I am so grateful to Dawn for her contributions to this community, for her friendship, and for giving me plenty of good marching orders. Tacoma will miss her terribly.”