IN RECOGNITION OF DELAWARE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE BOB GILLIGAN; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 122
(House of Representatives - September 12, 2012)

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      IN RECOGNITION OF DELAWARE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE BOB GILLIGAN

  (Mr. CARNEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute.)
  Mr. CARNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Delaware Speaker 
of the House Bob Gilligan.
  In November, Speaker Gilligan will conclude a 40-year career as a 
member of Delaware's house of representatives, making him the longest-
serving member in State history.
  Throughout his career, Speaker Gilligan has been one of the most 
effective leaders in Delaware State government. Speaker Gilligan has 
been a trusted and compassionate leader during times when Delaware 
needed him most. He helped lead the State through some of its most 
difficult fiscal challenges. He championed open government legislation 
that gave Delawareans unprecedented access to their representatives and 
oversaw the passage of landmark civil rights reforms. And he did this 
while maintaining the friendship and respect of his colleagues on both 
sides of the aisle.
  On a personal level, I will always appreciate Speaker Gilligan's 
friendship and support. He gave me my first job in public service as a 
legislative fellow, an experience that inspired my work in government 
and politics.
  It has been a real privilege for me to work over the years with Bob, 
and I would like to congratulate Speaker Bob Gilligan on an outstanding 
career and wish him well in his retirement.

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