A Tribute to Shirley Gregory-Johnsonby Representative Robert A. Brady
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor my dear
friend and colleague, Shirley Gregory-Johnson. Shirley has served the
people of Philadelphia since her early years. She was active in her
Germantown neighborhood in her youth. Subsequently, the people of Logan
were lucky enough to have her move into their community and to continue
her public service.
Shirley has been a dynamic leader of that community for over thirty years. In 1986, 950 homes in the Logan Triangle were found to be sinking, leaving families homeless and without a future. Shirley led the efforts to rescue affected families, participating in the creation and operations of the nonprofit Logan Assistance Corporation to help relocate Logan residents. She extended her efforts to help her neighbors and constituents by serving on boards such as Albert Einstein Hospital and Bebashi, one of the nation's HIV/AIDS organizations which serves low-income people of color with HIV disease.
Mr. Speaker, Ms. Gregory-Johnson also has a distinguished record of service to this House. She worked in the office of my predecessor, Hon. Tom Foglietta for fifteen years. She was one of my first hires, when I persuaded her to join my staff as District Director in 1998. She retired from the House in January of this year, but continues her public service in various volunteer and political positions.
Shirley will be celebrating her 80th birthday on December 13. Dignitaries and residents of [[Page E1738]] Philadelphia will come together to honor that milestone and the life of this dynamic leader. I ask that all of my colleagues in the House join me in honoring her today.
This is an honor she richly deserves.