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  • Paying Tribute to Andrew Lewis

    by Representative Suzan K. DelBene

    Posted on 2013-02-28

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    DelBENE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. DelBENE. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Andrew Lewis, who tragically and suddenly passed away this weekend.

    Andrew was a volunteer leader for the Sierra Club for over 25 years, serving most recently as the chair of the Washington State chapter. He was a local leader known for his intelligence, humor, and dedication, and Andrew was also a friend.

    Over the course of his life, Andrew was a strong advocate for the protection of our wildlands and rivers--natural resources that make the Pacific Northwest such a special place.

    As an avid rafter, Andrew had a great love for the rivers of Washington State. His early advocacy work helped lay the groundwork that eventually led to bipartisan legislation to protect the Middle Fork, Snoqualmie, and Pratt Rivers and expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, a bill that I'm proud to cosponsor.

    I was fortunate to get to know him when we both served on the board of our children's school. Here, I saw his passion and love for his community and his family.

    Andrew was a man that was large in stature, voice, and heart. My thoughts and prayers go to his wife Maaike, son [[Page H707]] Peter, and his entire family. He will be missed by all of us who were fortunate to have known him.


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