(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E561]
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                           HON. NITA M. LOWEY

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Honorable 
Richard Ottinger, Esq. for his lifetime of public service. His 
indefatigable dedication to his community and his students is an 
inspiration to us all.
  As a Member of Congress for 16 years, Mr. Ottinger proudly 
represented the people of New York's 25th, 24th, and 20th districts. As 
one of the earliest environmentalists in Congress in 1965, Mr. Ottinger 
authored a substantial number of energy and environmental laws. He 
served as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Energy Conservation 
and Power Subcommittee, where he was instrumental in adopting critical 
energy and environmental legislation. Notably, Mr. Ottinger was the 
chief cosponsor of the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 and 
the Conservation Service Reform Act of 1984.
  Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Ottinger served in the United 
States Air Force for two years. He was discharged as a Captain in 1957 
and was admitted to the New York bar, where he practiced international 
and corporate law. He then became one of the founders and second staff 
member of the Peace Corps, where he served as director of programs for 
the west coast of South America from 1961 to 1964.
  Upon retiring from Congress in 1984, Mr. Ottinger joined Pace Law 
School as a Professor in the Environmental Law Program. As co-director 
of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, he founded the Pace 
Energy Project in 1987, later renamed the Pace Energy and Climate 
Center. The Center, which raises $900,000 per year, advocates for 
utility investment in conservation and renewable energy resources. In 
December 1994, Mr. Ottinger was appointed Dean of the Law School, where 
he served until 1999. Mr. Ottinger currently serves as Dean Emeritus of 
the Law School.
  Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Ottinger has been honored with 
a number of awards, including the 2009 EPA Environmental Quality Award. 
Pace Law School will also be honoring Mr. Ottinger with the dedication 
of the Richard L. Ottinger Hall on April 30.
  I urge my colleagues to join me in honoring the Honorable Richard 
Ottinger's tremendous accomplishments.