July 28, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 120 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
IN RECOGNITION OF THE DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER OF CURTIS M. GRAVES
(Extensions of Remarks - July 28, 2015)
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[Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 120 (Tuesday, July 28, 2015)] [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1150] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN RECOGNITION OF THE DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER OF CURTIS M. GRAVES ______ HON. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN of maryland in the house of representatives Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the distinguished public service career of Curtis M. Graves. Mr. Graves was one of the first African Americans elected to the Texas House of Representatives since the turn of the 20th century. A Democrat and political contemporary of Barbara Jordan, Mr. Graves served in the Texas legislature from 1967 to 1973, where he championed progressive legislation on issues ranging from gun control to criminal justice reform. Mr. Graves also spent many years actively participating in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for equal rights of all Americans. Mr. Graves was born August 26, 1938 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an alumnus of Texas Southern University and Princeton University. After serving in the Texas House of Representatives, Mr. Graves had a thirty year career at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration--first in NASA's Academic Affairs Division and ultimately as its Director for Civil Affairs. On behalf of the people of Maryland's Eighth Congressional District, and in anticipation of his seventy-seventh birthday on August 26, 2015, I would like to thank Curtis M. Graves for his lifelong career of public service and for his many contributions to our nation. I wish him and his family all the best in the years to come. ____________________