(Extensions of Remarks - September 21, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1617]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                          HON. SPENCER BACHUS

                               of alabama

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, September 21, 2012

  Mr. BACHUS. Mr. Speaker, as a United States Representative, I have a 
duty to effectively serve the people in my constituency to the best of 
my ability. In this mission, it has always been my good fortune to be 
surrounded by a dedicated staff in both Washington and Alabama that has 
put service to the public as its first cause.
  As the District Director in my Birmingham office, Caleb Goodwyn has 
provided outstanding service as my ``eyes and ears'' in the 6th 
District. As Caleb prepares to depart for an exciting new professional 
opportunity, I want to take this time to thank him for his work on my 
behalf and on behalf of the people of Alabama.
  As I have often said, staff members are public servants every bit as 
much as those who have been elected. During the past five and a half 
years, Caleb Goodwyn has represented my office with consummate skill, 
professionalism, and loyalty. He has been a trusted liaison between my 
Federal office and mayors and local and State government officials, the 
business community, law enforcement and fire officials, the nonprofit 
sector, and the citizens who call my office every day in search of 
assistance. Caleb's approach has always been to listen and work towards 
thoughtful solutions to problems.
  Caleb is at his best when the issues are the most challenging. He 
provided poised leadership in my Birmingham office during the response 
to the devastating tornadoes of April 27, 2011, and has worked with 
multiple stakeholders on important transportation improvements, 
economic development for our communities, and the construction of the 
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, to name just a few.
  Caleb has also generously given his time and support to many 
charitable endeavors, including the ``Three Hots and a Cot'' project 
for homeless veterans in Birmingham.
  A native of Jasper, Caleb is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of 
the South and the University of Alabama. Prior to joining my office, 
Caleb gained valuable experience in the Office of Governor Bob Riley.
  In his new responsibilities with the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in 
Montgomery, Caleb will continue to be heavily involved with local and 
State economic development. The policy knowledge, experience and 
relationships that he will bring to his position will help promote 
economic opportunity for the people of Alabama.
  It is my pleasure to wish Caleb and his lovely wife Elizabeth all the 
best as they begin this new adventure in their lives and to thank him 
for his diligent service to my congressional office and to the citizens 
of his home State of Alabama.