Recognizing the Contributions of Bonita ``Bonnie’’ Shepherd—An Extraordinary Public Servant Who Served the United States House of Representatives With Distinction for 48 Yearsby Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Posted on 2015-12-11
in the house of representatives
Friday, December 11, 2015
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a Certificate of
Congressional Recognition to Bonita ``Bonnie'' Shepherd on the occasion
of 48 Years of public service at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bonita L. Shepherd, ``Bonnie'' commenced her career as a public servant on Capitol Hill on June 18, 1967 and met everyone who crossed her path with her signature ``Good Morning. How are you?'' Bonnie worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, with a starting per hour salary of $1.51, providing service to Members of Congress, staff, citizens and visitors who traversed our nation's Rayburn Cafeteria.
On January 28, 1988, having served 21 years in the House, Bonnie continued her public service for another 27 years in the House of Representatives with the Architect of the U.S. Capitol as an Elevator Operator, playing an instrumental role in facilitating the safe and flawless movement of Members as they worked to make and pass federal laws affecting our nation.
Every year for 48 years, Bonnie served 435 Members who served the 50 states of our nation, serving the interest of the United States' population when the House was in session.
When the House was out of session, Bonnie also served at the House Flag office where on average more than 100,000 American flags fly over the U.S. Capitol every year, commemorating birthdays, retirements, anniversaries and other special occasions of everyday heroic Americans.
For almost half a century Bonnie has served our nation through wars, recessions, seminal national occurrences and celebrations.
On behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives and the constituents of the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas, I take great pride in congratulating Bonita L. Shepherd, ``Bonnie'' for her work as an American public servant and keeping a smile on her face while serving Members working to serve the interests of the United States.
I hope my colleagues will join me in congratulating Bonnie for her public service.