HONORING FORMER CONGRESSMAN JACK EDWARDS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 153
(House of Representatives - September 13, 2018)

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                HONORING FORMER CONGRESSMAN JACK EDWARDS

  (Mr. ALLEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. ALLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of former Congressman 
Jack Edwards, who will celebrate his 90th birthday next Thursday.
  Congressman Edwards' service to his beloved country started long 
before his 20 honorable years as a Representative for Alabama's First 
District.
  As just a teenager, Jack left home and pursued something larger than 
himself and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he later earned the 
rank of sergeant.
  Years later, Jack brought his military background to the Halls of 
Congress with the first wave of Alabama Republicans.
  Jack worked alongside five U.S. Presidents during his time in office 
to ensure that our national defense was funded at the necessary levels, 
which ultimately brought an end to the Cold War and led to the 
dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
  But as a fiscal conservative, he never shied away from speaking his 
mind about ineffective programs that simply needed to go.
  Jack, you were a people's champion in these Halls, a wonderful mentor 
for me, and I can only hope to be remembered as you are. But more 
importantly, I am honored by your friendship and your continued 
support. I look forward to celebrating your 90th birthday with you next 
week.

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