Tribute to Raymond Davisby Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
Posted on 2013-03-07
MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the
distinguished public service of Raymond Davis, who for 40 years has
served the U.S. Senate, first for the Architect of the Capitol and
later as a technical assistant and information specialist in the Office
of Public Records for the Secretary of the Senate. His institutional
knowledge and understanding of filing processes and disclosure laws
have been invaluable in helping the Senate fulfill its
commitment and obligation to openness and transparency, while his kind
and helpful character has been a benefit to everyone in the Senate
Raymond first worked for the Architect of the Capitol where he was tasked with jobs from busing tables at lunchtime to flying flags over the Capitol Building. He was soon hired as a clerk by the Secretary of the Senate and would go on to serve in the Office of Public Records taking on responsibilities ranging from lobbying registration to campaign finance disclosure.
During his many years of service, Raymond always put customer service first. Candidates who filed a Senate campaign report, and Senators and staff members who filed a financial disclosure report or other Senate report, encountered Raymond's efficient and very capable assistance. Over the years, he also assisted those filing lobbying registrations and reports. The public, the press and researchers have all benefitted from his knowledge and guidance in the Office of Public Records.
Raymond is known throughout the Senate community, to those who frequent his office and to those who look forward to his cheerful greeting each day in the halls, as a friendly and welcoming colleague. An avid sportsman, Raymond was a slugger for the Senate Document Room softball team and a regular at Senate coed football and Capitol Hill touch football league games.
Through his deft knowledge and faithful customer service, Raymond has significantly contributed to the functioning of this institution. He has been an important mentor to others, helping to train staff and pass on the knowledge he gained in four decades of work.
The Senate can be proud of Raymond Davis' legacy of public service. We are grateful for his many contributions, and we wish him well in retirement and all his future endeavors.