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  • Tributes to Departing Senators

    by Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    Posted on 2014-12-16

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    CASEY. Mr. President, before this Congress ends, I wanted to pay tribute to several of my colleagues who will not be here when we convene next year. Some chose not to run again, and others unfortunately lost their reelection campaigns, but we will miss them all next year. I begin in order of seniority.



    Tim Johnson Mr. President, I wish to begin with Senator Tim Johnson. After several years of service in South Dakota, where he received the Outstanding Citizen Award and the Billie Sutton Award for Legislative Achievement, Tim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986. He served there for 10 years, earning many distinctions, among them, one for passing more legislation than the other 50 first-term Members. In 1996 he was elected to the Senate, where he has served three terms. In recent years Senator Johnson has served as chairman of the banking committee, of which he has been a member since 1997. Over the years he has advocated for community banks in South Dakota, worked to pass the Safe and Fair Deposit Insurance Act of 2005, which updated the Federal deposit insurance system, and pushed to deal with the special needs of consumers in rural areas. Tim has also shown immense courage in dealing with health issues and has been an exemplary public servant. We will miss him next year and wish him and Barbara well.

    Mary Landrieu Mr. President, Senator Mary Landrieu started a career of public service in the Louisiana State Legislature and then as State treasurer. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 becoming her State's first female Senator. Senator Landrieu has always fought for her State, a fact never more apparent than in the aftermath of Hurricanes [[Page S6913]] Katrina and Rita when she fought valiantly for disaster funding and reforms that helped countless people in Louisiana. Mary has also been a champion for our children, and I have seen her commitment as we worked together on adoption and foster care issues over the years. We will miss Mary's spirit, but we know she will never stop fighting for what she believes in. I wish Mary and Frank well in this new chapter of their lives.

    Mark Pryor Mr. President, Senator Mark Pryor comes from a family with a history of public service. Mark served as Arkansas attorney general before being elected to the Senate in 2002, occupying the same Senate seat his father David held. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Mark fought hard to protect the interests of Arkansas' farmers, and through his position on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he pushed for regulatory reform, all the while asking how each decision he made would impact people back in Arkansas. Through his work, Mark embodied what it meant to be a public servant.

    Mark Udall Mr. President, Senator Mark Udall's family has served the United States for decades. His cousin Tom has served beside him in the Senate for the past 6 years. His father Morris ``Mo'' Udall was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years and also ran for President. His uncle Stewart served as Interior Secretary under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s. Before being elected to the Senate in 2008, Mark served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Colorado State Legislature. Through his position on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Mark has continued his family's commitment to our public lands and resources, chairing the National Parks Subcommittee. Senator Udall has also worked hard to help the U.S. Government get its fiscal house in order, pushing his colleagues to make tough choices today to help create a better tomorrow. As a member of the Armed Services and Select Intelligence Committees, Mark has advocated for more transparent detention and drone policies and pushed to make public the ``Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program.'' Kay Hagan Mr. President, Senator Kay Hagan spent 10 years serving in the North Carolina State senate before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. I have had the pleasure of sitting next to Kay on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and working with her on issues such as medication therapy management to help ensure our seniors are taking the prescription drugs that help keep them healthy and the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act that provides funding for the screening of newborn babies for heritable disorders, allowing them the earliest possible access to treatments. Through her position on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Senator Hagan has pushed to protect and grow North Carolina jobs. On the Armed Services Committee, she has fought for North Carolina's military families. I wish Kay and Chip well in the years ahead.

    Mark Begich Mr. President, Senator Mark Begich arrived in the Senate in 2008, having previously served as mayor of Anchorage. Mark worked hard and accomplished a lot in his 6 years here, but what I will always remember is Mark's commitment to our veterans. Alaska has more, veterans per capita than any other state in our Nation, and through his position on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Begich has been their champion. I thank Mark for his public service and his commitment, and I wish him and Deborah well.

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