March 8, 2001 - Issue: Vol. 147, No. 30 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 1st Session
TRIBUTE TO THE HONORABLE THOMAS P. EICHLER, FORMER SECRETARY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AND SERVICES FOR CHILDREN YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES; Congressional Record Vol. 147, No. 30
(Extensions of Remarks - March 08, 2001)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E318-E319] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO THE HONORABLE THOMAS P. EICHLER, FORMER SECRETARY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AND SERVICES FOR CHILDREN YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES ______ HON. MICHAEL N. CASTLE of delaware in the house of representatives Thursday, March 8, 2001 Mr. CASTLE. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to as Delaware's lone Member of Congress to honor and pay tribute to a leader in the Delaware community, Thomas P. Eichler. Tom Eichler is a dedicated, caring, compassionate, and effective individual who led two state agencies in Delaware during my tenure as Governor and after my departure. I felt fortunate to have him serve with me and I am proud to call him my friend. As Secretary of Health and Social Services for Delaware, Tom Eichler instituted Welfare Reform before it became popular. Under Tom Eichler's leadership, Delaware's First Step Program was initiated to assist welfare recipients transition from welfare to work. Many of the individuals who participated in this program are now working and providing a brighter future for their families and our communities. In addition, Tom was a leader in health care reform and helped to pave the way for all children in Delaware to have access to health care. As the Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Tom helped guide and develop improvements for the Ferris School and Juvenile Justice programs. His efforts to provide better programming and educational facilities for juvenile delinquents at the Ferris School has been seen as a national model that other communities are attempting to emulate. He also established Child Mental Health programs that assist many young members of our community. Tom Eichler's impact on the State of Delaware has touched many people, and most importantly in a positive manner. I first came to know Tom when he was attempting to change individuals' views on ocean dumping and he assisted me with testimony before Congress. From there he went to work as Regional Administrator for Region III, EPA. In the mid-1980's I asked him to serve in my cabinet where his assistance was outstanding. After my departure he continued to serve Delaware in the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. He was called upon to serve [[Page E319]] several Governor's, to assist in difficult situations, and he served the people of Delaware admirably. His ability to take on the toughest jobs, reach consensus and have positive outcomes for our community were unsurpassed. As he retires from working for the State of Delaware I want to honor and thank him on behalf of the people of Delaware for his commitment to making our state a better place for all of us to live and work. ____________________