Welcoming the Honorable Katherine M. Clark to the House of Representativesby Representative Katherine M. Clark
Posted on 2013-12-12
CLARK TO THE HOUSE OF
The SPEAKER. Without objection, the gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr.
Neal) is recognized for 1 minute.
There was no objection.
Mr. NEAL. Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to introduce Katherine M. Clark, with the always important reminder that there are fewer than 12,000 men and women who have had the honor in American history of taking this oath.
This institution has been home to Presidents of the United States, members of the Supreme Court, and members of the United States Senate who have gone far and wide in helping America to succeed every day.
Katherine Clark, one of those individuals who has now joined this important and august body, succeeds, again, a very favorite colleague of ours who served in this institution with distinction for 37 years, Senator Ed Markey.
Mr. Speaker, Katherine Clark is well grounded in local government, having served at the school committee level. She served in the legislature as a member of the House of Representatives and as a member of the Massachusetts Senate. She has also served time as a prosecutor. She is well-distinguished in the State of Massachusetts and won a very handsome victory.
It is an honor for me to submit to you for the first time the Honorable Katherine M. Clark from the State of Massachusetts.
The SPEAKER. The gentlewoman from Massachusetts is recognized.
Ms. CLARK of Massachusetts. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Leader Pelosi, Congressman Neal, the Massachusetts delegation, and all of you for this very warm welcome.
Thank you to my family and friends who are here with me today: my husband, Rodney, and my three sons, Addison, Jared, and Nathaniel, whose love every day makes me the luckiest mom and wife in the world.
My parents, Chan and Judy Clark, I thank them for their love and support and teaching me that even when times are hard, approach life with gratitude, optimism, respect for others, and a sense of adventure.
My in-laws, Art and Ladene Dowell, I am so grateful for all they do to keep our family running smoothly and all the love they give us.
And my brother John and his partner Justin, I thank you for being here and for all your support.
I am so grateful to the voters of the Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District for their confidence and the profound privilege of representing them.
Senator Markey, you set a standard of excellence during your time in the House. I look forward to carrying on your work for the people of our district and partnering with you and the entire Massachusetts delegation to move Massachusetts and our country forward.
The Massachusetts Fifth, from Revere to Cambridge, Waltham to Framingham, is home to some of this country's and the world's most respected universities and innovative companies. We are deeply proud of these incredible institutions.
But what defines the Fifth District is its families. As I have talked with families around their kitchen tables, I found they are just like mine, and I am sure they are just like yours. We are teachers, small business owners, CEOs, and machinists. We work in stockrooms and boardrooms. We are recent immigrants and we are descendants from early American settlers. We are of all political ideologies. And, yes, deep in the heart of Red Sox Nation, we even have a few Yankees fans.
What unites our families is they work hard, play by the rules, and all they ask in return is a fair shot at the American Dream. Our families want to find a good job, send their children to great schools, save for college, and count on a secure retirement. They want to know that the issues they talk about around their kitchen tables are the issues that we will talk about here in Congress.
I am honored to join the Massachusetts delegation and represent the people of the Fifth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. I look forward to working together with each of you for the families of my district, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States of America.