May 17, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 81 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
HONORING LOUIS C. THARP; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 81
(Extensions of Remarks - May 17, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E669] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING LOUIS C. THARP ______ HON. NITA M. LOWEY of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, May 17, 2018 Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor my constituent, Louis C. Tharp of Upper Nyack, New York. Mr. Tharp recently finished a six-year term on the Army Education Advisory Committee, a committee governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act. During his tenure on the Army Education Advisory Committee, Mr. Tharp worked on a number of important issues including women in combat, sexual assault and harassment, a facilitated soldier teaching plan, soldier talent management, Soldier 2020, an assessment of drill sergeant responsibilities, and second-and third-order effects of transgender integration. He was recommended for this Senior Executive Service position by former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy and the Victory Institute's Presidential Appointments Initiative. During his tenure at West Point, Mr. Tharp served as the first out gay coach and authored ``Overachiever's Diary, How the Army Triathlon Team Became National Contenders.'' The proceeds from its sale benefited the team. Mr. Tharp served honorably in the Indiana National Guard. In addition, he has contributed to several organizations, including Knights Out, the West Point LGBT alumni association, and the Rockland County Anti-Bias Commission, which he chaired. He currently serves as Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with chronic illness. Mr. Tharp and his husband, Jim Bumgardner, will celebrate 34 years together this fall. Mr. Speaker, I urge my fellow Members of Congress to join me in expressing thanks to Mr. Tharp for his service. ____________________