Recognizing Gwen Benson-Walkerby Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
Posted on 2015-01-07
of the district of columbia
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Ms. NORTON. Mr. Speaker, I ask the House to join me in recognizing
Gwen Benson-Walker, who has served as my Chief of Staff for three years
and has been a valuable member of my staff for most of my service in
Congress. On December 31, 2014, Gwen transitioned from my office to a
well-deserved retirement. Gwen's strong work ethic, intelligence, and
enthusiastic personality will surely be missed by her colleagues in the
House, the residents of the District of Columbia, and especially my
Gwen was not born into the advantages offered to many in our society. Instead, she has always worked her way to success. Aside from her work in my office, Gwen has owned and operated several business ventures. She is a highly-regarded public speaker and a published author.
Gwen Benson-Walker performed with excellence and energy whatever work she was asked to do in my office. She served as a caseworker, and her capacity for hard work and her wise head, led her to roles as scheduler/executive assistant and finally as chief of staff. Even when Gwen moved away from the District of Columbia, she has always returned to our staff upon her return. When not on staff, Gwen was the enthusiastic volunteer coordinator for the annual Children's Christmas Party in the Capitol, lavishing love on the city's low-income children. Most recently, Gwen served as my Chief of Staff, a position in which she flourished, skillfully organizing and running a busy congressional office.
Gwen was a confidant to whom I turned to for advice and a friend and a mentor to staff. She led by example in her professionalism and insistence on excellence, her dedication, generosity, collegiality and good humor. Gwen is off to retirement in Spain, but she leaves too many family members and friends not to return often to her native land. Gwen now becomes a treasured life member of Team Norton.
I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Gwen Benson-Walker for outstanding service to the House of Representatives and my office, and to the residents of the District of Columbia.