Eric Dick, the MMA’s manager of state legislative affairs, died over the New Year’s holiday break. Dick worked at the MMA for 10 years, bringing a wealth of political acumen and insight to the association’s efforts.
Born Jan. 16, 1975, Dick grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee and attended Burlington High School, which he proudly boasted was the alma mater of NFL quarterback Tony Romo. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He worked for Congressman Ron Kind, who represents Wisconsin’s third district, and for the Minnesota Senate before coming to work at the MMA.
“Eric was a strong advocate for the MMA at the Capitol and a wonderful partner for the last 10 years,” said Dave Renner, MMA director of advocacy. “Based on the response I have received from legislators and lobbyists since the announcement of Eric’s death, he touched many lives and will be dearly missed.”
On Jan. 6, state Senator and physician Matt Klein, MD, released the following statement regarding Dick’s passing: “Eric Dick was a model of advocacy with integrity at the State Capitol. He was good at what he did because he believed in the power of good government to ensure ethical and accessible health care for all. He was unfailingly kind, hopeful, informed, and professional; it was a pleasure to see him in the hallways or the offices every time. The physicians of the MMA were well represented, but more importantly, so were their patients.”
Along with his MMA work, Dick lobbied on behalf of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
“Eric was a very effective lobbyist, and he was also a valued colleague,” said Janet Silversmith, MMA CEO, “Eric was kind, funny, and extremely quick-witted. We will all miss him tremendously.”
Dick was a great lover of dogs, live music, fine food, travel, the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and March Madness.
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