HONORING MS. GAYE LeBARON, SONOMA COUNTY WOMAN OF THE YEAR
(Extensions of Remarks - March 19, 2015)

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[Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 47 (Thursday, March 19, 2015)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E366-E367]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




       HONORING MS. GAYE LeBARON, SONOMA COUNTY WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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                           HON. MIKE THOMPSON

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, March 19, 2015

  Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Gaye 
LeBaron as one of the Fifth District of California's Women of the Year 
as we celebrate Women's History Month. I regularly have the privilege 
to work with extraordinary women across our district, and I am proud to 
recognize Gaye as one of them.

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  Ms. LeBaron is a renowned columnist for the Press Democrat newspaper, 
the best known historian of Sonoma County, and has been prolifically 
telling the story of our county, with over eight thousand articles 
published. Ms. LeBaron posses a rare gift: a genuine interest in people 
and their stories. In even the smallest stories, she saw the larger 
truth. Her influence and acclaim have grown over the years because of 
this focus and the level of trust she has built with the general public 
through her constancy.
  As one of Ms. LeBaron's colleagues at the Press Democrat put it: 
``Readers trust her to tell them the truth about what is going on in 
their community. The depth of her commitment is palpable and readers 
respond to that.''
  Mr. Speaker, it is appropriate at this time that we honor and thank 
Ms. LeBaron not only for her commitment to telling the story of Sonoma 
County, but also for her commitment to our community. Ms. LeBaron's 
unyielding dedication to the people and places that make our region 
unique is greatly appreciated by our entire community and we wish her 
continued success.

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