Congratulating Lillian Pinkus on Being Selected President of Aipacby Representative Kenny Marchant
Posted on 2015-02-02
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 2, 2015
Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, I am honored today to congratulate my
friend, Mrs. Lillian Pinkus, on her being selected as the next
president of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). I
am confident that she will contribute greatly to AIPAC's mission ``to
strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways
that enhance the security of Israel and the United States.''
Lillian was born in upstate New York to parents who were survivors of
the Holocaust. Even after being liberated from the atrocities of that
time, her parents spent additional years in a deportation camp in
Germany, awaiting the opportunity to emigrate to another country. As a
result, Lillian grew up in a family that instilled within her a sense
of appreciation for the blessings of freedom and opportunity that she
and her siblings enjoy in the United States. She also developed an
understanding of the immense importance of a safe and free homeland for
the Jewish people.
A tireless advocate for the security and strength of Israel, the U.S., and the alliance between them, Lillian has served AIPAC with years of dedication. Prior to being selected president at the most recent annual Board meeting in Israel, she was a National Board Member. She also has been honored by Israel Bonds, an organization that allows Americans to invest in building up the modern State of Israel.
Lillian has now lived in Dallas with her husband, Jon, for over forty years. Together they have two married sons, Jared and his wife Samantha, and Aaron and his wife Pamela. She will become president- elect this March and take office as president during AIPAC's annual policy conference in March, 2016. I have enjoyed working with Lillian over the years on our common goal of ensuring the security of our ally, Israel; and I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship into the future.
Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to ask all of my distinguished colleagues to join me in congratulating and wishing well Lillian Pinkus as she begins to serve as the president of AIPAC.