In Recognition of Ralph Whiteby Representative William R. Keating
Posted on 2013-12-19
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Mr. KEATING. Mr. Speaker, I, along with Representative Kennedy,
Representative McGovern, Representative Neal, and Representative
Tsongas rise today to recognize Mr. Ralph White, President of the
Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of
Massachusetts, upon his upcoming retirement.
Mr. White has diligently served the Association for the past forty- five years, and his leadership has guided this organization though many changes. Having retired at the age of thirty-eight from his position as a parole officer in the aftermath of a gunfire assault, Mr. White knew that there was still much for him to give to the Commonwealth. He then began his role of President of the Association. Throughout his tenure, he was instrumental in enacting many key reforms that benefit retirees. Such reforms included raising the pension cost-of-living ceiling, ensuring that retirees' and survivors' health insurance payments remained at a reasonable level, and improving protections for disability retirees. Mr. White has given a great deal to the Association and to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and his perseverance has touched many lives.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join us in thanking Mr. Ralph White for his many years of service.