(Extensions of Remarks - December 19, 1998)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E2365-E2366]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                            HON. RAY LaHOOD

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                      Saturday, December 19, 1998

  Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the positive 
contributions that my fellow Illinois colleague, Glenn Poshard, made to 
the State of Illinois, Congress, and the Nation. After 10 years of 
congressional service, Glenn Poshard is retiring. His principled and 
pragmatic presence will be missed, not only by the people of the 19th 
District of Illinois, but also by those of us in Congress who worked 
with him on important issues.
  First elected to the House of Representatives in 1988, Glenn Poshard 
pledged to serve only 10 years in Congress. Now, ten years later, he is 
keeping his word. He will be leaving behind a reputation for bipartisan 
and hard work, forged while working on such issues as campaign reform, 
improving rural health care, deficit-cutting, and preserving the 
American coal-mining industry. During his work on these issues and 
others, Glenn Poshard always stood his ground and fought for what he 
believed in, and for what was good for his constituents and for the 
State of Illinois.
  Throughout his congressional service, Glenn Poshard was able to 
benefit from, and draw on, his background. As a holder of a doctorate 
in education from Southern Illinois University and as a former teacher, 
Glenn Poshard brought a valuable perspective to Capitol Hill. This 
perspective was further enhanced by his experiences that he gained 
while growing up in a small, rural town in Illinois. He never forgot 
his roots, and they

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helped him maintain his down-to-earth style that was, in many ways, 
Glenn Poshard's best attribute.
  As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I had 
the occasion to work on a number of issues with my fellow committee 
member, Glenn Poshard. He was always approachable and willing to work 
together on issues that were of vital interest to the State of 
Illinois. Whether it was aviation or highways, Glenn Poshard was always 
knowledgeable and ready to do what was best for Illinois.
  I am proud to have served in the House with Glenn Poshard. He leaves 
this House with many friends and many good memories. I wish him all the 
best in whatever endeavor he chooses to participate.