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  • Honoring Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson on Her Retirement

    by Representative Wm. Lacy Clay

    Posted on 2013-01-22

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    CLAY of missouri in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Mr. CLAY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a great American who leaves this body today to return to the private sector, my wonderful friend from Cape Girardeau . . . Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. Her retirement is a great loss to the citizens of southeast Missouri, to our State, and to our Nation.

    As the outgoing dean of Missouri's congressional delegation, she has led our group with fairness, respect, and a spirit of cooperation. As she retires today, I know that every member of the Missouri delegation, as well as her many friends on both sides of the aisle, join me in congratulating her on an exceptional career in the U.S. House. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson has represented southeast Missouri with honor and integrity and in the face of so much discord, so much distortion, and too often, an inability to compromise, Jo Ann has always been a voice of calm, reason, and good common sense. There is no doubt that the center aisle caucus will miss her strong, principled leadership. Congresswoman Emerson is a member who searches for common ground . . .

    Both out of instinct and because of her deeply held belief that Congress was sent here to work together to solve problems, not to obstruct the government, not to incite intolerance or rancor, not to set one region of the country against the other, but to seek out, and then support a common agenda that will do the most good for America.

    That is how Jo Ann has lived her life, and that is how she has served. Congresswoman Emerson is a skilled legislator, she is a wonderful colleague, and she is a great friend of mine. Congresswoman Emerson represents the best of Missouri.

    I will miss her wise voice as Democrats and Republicans seek common ground to move the Nation forward. My only consolation on her retirement, is the knowledge that my good friend, her husband, attorney Ron Gladney, and their wonderful children . . . will finally have their wife and mother back. And that is a great family blessing that we should all understand and appreciate. From the dark days immediately after she assumed the congressional seat of her late husband . . . Congressman Bill Emerson.

    Jo Ann has brought the Missouri values of common sense, family, community, faith, and freedom to the floor every day.

    I shall miss her wisdom, her kindness, and her decency, and I know that our State, this honorable body, and our Nation will be forever grateful for her service.

    Congresswoman, I thank you for all your help and friendship, I congratulate you on your retirement. May God bless you and your family.

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