May 3, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 73 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HONORING THE LIFE OF APRIL BLANKENSHIP; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 73
(Extensions of Remarks - May 03, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E540-E541] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE LIFE OF APRIL BLANKENSHIP ______ HON. SAM GRAVES of missouri in the house of representatives Friday, May 3, 2019 Mr. GRAVES of Missouri. Madam Speaker, I rise today along with my colleagues, Representatives Peter A. DeFazio, Virginia Foxx, Juan Vargas, Van Taylor, Adam Kinzinger, John R. Moolenaar, Rodney Davis, and Ted S. Yoho, DVM, in honor of the life of April Blankenship, beloved and integral staff member to this Body. April faithfully served as a shared financial administrator to Committees and personal offices; Leadership, [[Page E541]] rank and file, and freshman; and both Republicans and Democrats for almost 20 years before her passing at age 49 on April 15, 2019. Her diligence, work ethic, and candor were an asset to every office that was fortunate enough to work with her, and were only matched by her kindness toward all those with whom she interacted. April was a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars, trusted advisor, detailed accountant, and wise counselor. As she wheeled her briefcase through the buildings every week, she brought warmth, humor, and a ready smile. Thanks to her sound advice and strong relationships, our offices have maintained compliance with the complex rules governing financial administration. To the institution, April was integral to the everyday operation and overall smooth functioning of the legislative body. To Members, April was both responsive and honest in her assessments, ensuring that their needs were met swiftly and reliably. To countless staff, April was the first and last point of contact on Capitol Hill--from instructing those just starting their careers to save appropriately and conduct themselves in a manner that would best represent those they serve to advising individuals leaving the Hill on retirement and compliance. She continued to function as a sounding board for staff as they progressed in their careers and served in other capacities. That she was asked to serve so many varying districts and Committees is a testament to her character--April was a public servant in the truest sense of the word. Recollections of her role in our offices would be incomplete without acknowledging her husband Tim and their three sons--Dakota, Hunter, and Tucker. The boys were frequent, welcome additions during her office visits. We send our deepest condolences to her family for their loss. It is with great sadness, but also with great gratitude that we honor the life of April Blankenship. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to know her and an honor to serve alongside her. ____________________