November 22, 2002 - Issue: Vol. 148, No. 152 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 2nd Session
H. RES. 598
(Extensions of Remarks - November 22, 2002)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2132] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] H. RES. 598 ______ HON. HILDA L. SOLIS of california in the house of representatives Friday, November 22, 2002 Ms. SOLIS. Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I rise to honor my friend Senator Paul Wellstone, who died October 25 in a plane crash in Minnesota along with his wife and daughter, three of his staff members and two pilots. The mark that Paul Wellstone left on the world was far, far greater than his small stature and down- to-earth nature would suggest. And so, the emptiness we feel at his passing is vast and deep. It stretches far beyond the personal pain of losing a friend, or the tragedy of his shattered family. Senator Wellstone was a public servant in the most ideal sense of the term. Politics never became more important to him than the people he represented and the people he loved. Victory never became more important to him than voicing his true convictions. Power never became more important to him than his desire to serve the powerless. On the campaign trail, Paul Wellstone drove an old green school bus across the state of Minnesota. From that bus Senator Wellstone tirelessly assured people that he would struggle for peace and fight for veterans, that he would work to stop the tide of domestic violence and mental illness, and that he would defend our fragile environment. Most of all, that old bus brought hope and excitement to people whom for too long, and for too many reasons, felt that their government had forgotten about them. Now that he is gone, that bus must not sit and rust away. We must have the courage, the commitment, and the strength to keep that bus rolling. I will miss Paul Wellstone greatly. I know that we all will. ____________________