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February 14, 2016

‘Ms. Ethics’ Carol Dixon Remembered Fondly (Video)

Carol E. Dixon, director of advice and education for the House Committee on Ethics, died Monday from unknown causes. She was 44.

Dixon had worked at the committee for 11 years. Family and colleagues described her as an excellent baker, devoted aunt, passionate Michigan football fan and sharp legal mind. The leftovers from her famous Christmas parties were the highlight of every holiday season.

Dixon found joy in helping members navigate complicated ethical questions. “She wanted everyone to be their best self. … She really wanted to make a difference. That was important to her,” her cousin and close friend Mary Raihman told CQ Roll Call.

“I think [Dixon] chose ethics because she wanted to be a part of making the institution great and helping particularly young staffers and new members understand the complex rules that they then had to follow,” said Kelle Strickland, chief of staff to Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas. Strickland added that her close colleague was “very generous and trustworthy. She worked on the ethics committee and knew how to keep a secret.”

Stephen Dixon told CQ Roll Call his daughter “really cared about what she did. She cared about ethics and she was proud of what she did. .. [She was] really devoted to making the Congress a better place.”

Staffers inside and outside the committee say Dixon’s discretion and meticulous attention to detail made her an invaluable counselor and confidant.

Joanne White, a longtime staff member at the committee, dubbed Dixon “Ms. Ethics.”

“If anybody wanted some information, members wanted to hear from Carol,” White said. “Her job was to save people from making major mistakes. She didn’t want people to get in trouble … whether they wanted to hear it or didn’t want to hear it she gave them honesty and gave them the truth.”

Coworkers remember her serious approach to her work, softened by her personality and propensity for mentorship.

John Sassaman, chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, described Dixon as “a joyous person with a great sense of humor … [and] a very sharp legal mind.” He recalls Dixon going out of her way to resolve complicated issues for members.

According to her family, Dixon graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Before moving to Washington, she practiced law at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. She grew up around Atlanta and remained a lifelong Braves fan.

Dixon is survived by her father; mother, Janet Woodward; sister, Tiffany Dixon Tufford; brother Corey Dixon; and her beloved niece and nephew, Evan and Emily.

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    Carol E. Dixon will not be missed.
    Pure Tea Party. No ethics. No integrity. Would do anything for the brand at the expense of the nation.

    • Shannon Frye

      You clearly have never met Carol, based upon the stupid and baseless things you wrote, but yet you feel entitled to lash out at a stranger. You’re such a big man, NDT, posting your lies anonymously and taking shots at someone who passed away and can’t defend herself. Big man.

      • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

        At least your contractual associate died for the good of the “brand” and the “deregulated free-market economy of limited taxation and regulation for America’s job creators” – one of her favorite lines.

        • darthgidget

          you are a disgusting, reprehensible pig and should diaf. If you knew anything, anything at all about Carol Dixon or any of the staff of the Ethics Committee you would know that they are the only committee staff that are required to be non-partisan. You can look this up in the very public house rules. her death was a tragedy, and at such a young age. The internet allows complete imbeciles such as yourself to post absolutely false comments. But because you are degrading and libeling a private person, I hope her family sues you. You may think you are anonymous but it is very easy to identify you with a subpoena.

          • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

            “you are a disgusting, reprehensible pig and should diaf…”
            That’s not very Born Agin (sic); reads more like the Kahane acolytes and Price Taggers who run Eric Cantor’s homeland.
            Dixon was a blindly loyal Tea Party hack who’d have blown up a bus laden with school children to get a boost in her offshore dinero.
            Facts are on my side. Dixon disappeared same week ole’ Donny Young, No. 4 on the Tea Party Seniority Parade, got smacked for ethics violations. That’s no coincidence; that’s causal connection and a direct link from Dixon to Young to the Tea Party and back again.
            What we really need to know is the exact personal relationship between Young and Dixon, his well-paid protector on the Ethics Committee.
            How much was Dixon paid?
            Who paid Dixon?
            Into what offshore bank accounts was said money funneled?
            How much of the money, if any, did Dixon and/or Young report on her/his/their federal tax filings?
            Follow. The. Money.
            Find the source of the trail and you’ll find all the Dirt around Dixon and her Tea Party bosses.

  • Gertie Rye

    Regardless of your politics, it is tacky, disrespectful, and disgraceful to leave such a hateful comment on an obituary. If your point is to malign a Congressional Committee, go ahead. But don’t for one minute think you can appreciate how many thousands of people will miss and loved Carol, regardless of how, when, or where they met her. Shame on you.

  • kb

    NepotismDomesticTerrorism – your comments are despicable. May you be so fortunate to have an equally warm obit written about you one day.

    • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

      The facts favor me, and not your Tea Party Loyalty follies.
      Dixon bids adieu and this happens. Coincidence? Facts say not.
      Don Young Broke House Rules, Ethics Committee Says
      By Matt Fuller
      Roll Call
      Posted at 2:32 p.m. June 20
      Rep. Don Young, currently the fourth longest-serving House member, violated rules when he used campaign funds for personal purposes and accepted improper gifts, a House Ethics Committee report said in a letter of reproval Friday.
      The report, which the Ethics Committee unanimously approved, comes after a years-long investigation by the Committee and the Department of Justice into allegations that Young, over the course of 12 years, improperly accepted free trips, lodging, meals, even a pair of $434 Le Chameau hunting boots.
      Tea Party Donny Young, fourth on the Tea Party seniority list in the House, gets smacked for ethics violations days after the Tea Party (Lack of) Ethics Boss waves bye-bye.
      Sure, it’s just a coincidence.
      And the check’s in the mail.
      And Newt and Rush loved all their wives.
      And you can keep your health coverage.
      And Saddam’s WMD will be here any second.
      And Billy did not have sex with that woman.
      Coincidence … Try cover-up. With (probably willing and eager) loss of life. Somebody was hiding something for the Tea Party bosses and just couldn’t take it with the information about to spill all over D.C. and the nation.

  • Socialism is Evil. Organized.

    Darwin’s concept of biological evolution was preceded by theories of cultural evolution that identified the relationship between Sanskrit and the Greek language.

  • Cliff

    Does anyone know how Carol died?

  • franco_pinyon

    I can assure NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism that Carol Dixon was NOT a Tea Party supporter.

  • Lister Eane

    While democratic processes attach value to each person, collectivism reduces each person to a vessel for the will of pernicious quacks.

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