Celebrating Bill Grayby Representative John R. Carter
Posted on 2013-07-08
in the house of representatives
Monday, July 8, 2013
Mr. CARTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to join the chorus of those honoring
the late William Herbert Gray III. Congressman Gray's 21 years in the
House saw him rise to the Chairmanship of the Budget Committee as well
as being elected Democratic Whip. While many have honored Bill for his
contributions to public affairs, I would like to recognize his
distinguished service in the corporate world.
Following his career in the House, Gray served on the Board of Dell Inc. for 13 years and was an integral part of Dell's global success. In the corporate setting, Bill took his duties as a Board member very seriously. Not only did he actively participate in Board meetings, but he also brought his vast knowledge and experience to the daily workings of the company.
During his tenure at Dell, he regularly met with Government Affairs and Human Relations teams, among other employee groups, to provide insight, guidance, and counsel. As Dell grew globally, Bill underscored the importance of the company engaging in a dialogue with government leaders in markets from the US to Europe to China. He understood that corporate success globally meant more jobs in the United States.
Bill's passing was sudden and unforeseen, and a great loss to U.S. business and government. Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell, shared that, ``Bill was a great friend and trusted advisor to me and our Board members. He brought a unique and distinctive perspective on our business and our industry. I valued his wisdom and insight on public policy matters, and benefitted greatly from his sage counsel for so many years.'' I appreciate the opportunity to pause for a moment to remember the many ways Bill Gray served his country. Erika and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.