(House of Representatives - June 07, 2018)

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
Louisiana (Mr. Abraham) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. ABRAHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the incredible 
career of CenturyLink CEO, Glen Post. Glen is retiring after 42 years 
with the company. He spent 26 of these years as the CEO, a feat 
recognized recently by Fortune Magazine, as Glen is one of the longest-
serving CEOs in the Nation.
  CenturyLink has been an incredible growth company under Glen's 
leadership, expanding from 3,000 employees to more than 65,000. It is 
now the third largest communications service provider in the United 
States, a cornerstone of his legacy.
  It is quite a story for a small, rural, family-owned telephone 
company that started up in the 1930s by Clarke Williams. The company's 
original principles, fairness, honesty, integrity, commitment to 
excellence, faith, positive attitude, respect, and perseverance, have 
remained the guiding goals under Glen's leadership.
  Like his company, Glen got his start in north Louisiana. He earned 
his bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Louisiana Tech 
University in Ruston, Louisiana.
  He received the Louisiana Tech College of Business Distinguished 
Alumni Award in 1991, the Louisiana Tech University Tower Medallion 
Award in 1997, and the DeGree Enterprises Lifetime Achievement Award in 
Business in 2003.
  In addition to his career achievements, he has provided invaluable 
advice to the United States Government as a member of the President's 
National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He has also 
chaired the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability 
Council in 2012 and 2013.
  As a native of Farmerville, Louisiana, Glen is a north Louisiana duck 
hunting, country boy at heart.
  CenturyLink now operates in 60 countries and sees revenues in the 
billions of dollars, yet, it remains

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headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, not far from where Glen grew up as 
a boy. Maintaining the headquarters in north Louisiana is a testament 
to Glen's commitment to his home and his State that he loves.
  By growing CenturyLink locally, Glen has provided incredible 
opportunities for Monroe and Louisiana. Having such a large company in 
our backyard recruits talent to our region, yields higher wages, and 
attracts other companies that provide complementary services within the 
communications industry which, in turn, produces even more jobs.
  We can build on the success of CenturyLink. Coupled with the 
innovative cyber initiatives at Louisiana Tech and Barksdale Air Force 
Base in Bossier City, Louisiana's Interstate 20 corridor can help lead 
our Nation into the future as we continue to develop cutting-edge 
  I want to thank Glen for his dedication to our region and his role in 
helping us grow. His career shows how far you can go with hard work, 
integrity, and commitment, and it is proof that you can achieve great 
things no matter where you come from.
  Today, I am proud to acknowledge the change that Glen Post and 
CenturyLink have brought to north Louisiana, and I wish Glen a very 
happy and relaxing retirement. It is well-deserved.