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  • Honoring John Lawrence

    by Senator Nancy Pelosi

    Posted on 2013-02-13

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    PELOSI asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. PELOSI. Madam Speaker, I rise with great pride to pay tribute to a very distinguished American and a longtime member of the congressional staff, John Lawrence. In fact, he has served the Congress for 38 years as a member of the staff--30 years of it for George Miller and 8 years as my assistant in the leadership office. I'm happy to pay tribute to him.

    I'm sad because John will be--and I don't know if the word is retiring--but he will be leaving service in the Capitol. He has always been a great proponent of science, technology, and innovation. As he concludes his service to the House, it is only fitting to cite the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson as inscribed on the walls of the House Science and Technology Committee: For I dipped into the future, far as human eye can see, saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.

    Over his nearly four decades serving the Congress, John has always kept his sights and his vision firmly on the future. He believed and he knew that the future is about investing in our children, supporting working families, and strengthening the middle class. He knew that the future is about protecting our environment and preserving our planet for generations to come.

    John knew that the future of the House is strengthened by fellow staff members working in a bipartisan way. John has always respected the role played by our staffs on the Education Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, the offices of the Democratic leader, and as my role of Speaker of the House and as our distinguished Speaker's role as Speaker today. Indeed, the staff looked to him for leadership, just as Members looked to him for guidance.

    In that spirit, this afternoon, my colleagues, the Speaker will honor John Lawrence with the John W. McCormick Award of Excellence on which, as declared by former majority leader, then-Majority Leader Carl Albert in 1970: The name of the House employee, who performs the most valuable service for the House, will be inscribed.

    What a fitting tribute to John Lawrence's 38 years of valuable service, extraordinary leadership, and dedication to the future. We've had the privilege of honoring in a bipartisan way other members of the staff in the Congress, and John's name will bring luster to that list.

    Colleagues, please join me in thanking a dear friend, my former chief of staff, John Lawrence.

    I yield to the Speaker of the House, Mr. Boehner.

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