March 7, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 41 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HONORING CONSTITUENT OF THE MONTH SHELBY JACOBS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 41
(House of Representatives - March 07, 2019)
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[Pages H2510-H2511] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING CONSTITUENT OF THE MONTH SHELBY JACOBS The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California (Mr. Levin) for 5 minutes. Mr. LEVIN of California. Mr. Speaker, as the Congress Member for California's 49th District, it is my distinct honor to represent over 700,000 Californians from North County San Diego and south Orange County. I have met countless constituents across the district who do incredible work to make our community stronger, and I am proud to serve them in Congress. With so many outstanding constituents, I thought it would be appropriate to start a new Constituent of the Month program to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make our country stronger. For our first constituent of the month, I am thrilled to recognize Mr. Shelby Jacobs of Oceanside, a retired aerospace engineer who worked for 40 years on NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. Mr. Jacobs served in a number of roles, including project manager of the [[Page H2511]] Apollo-Soyuz orbiter and designed a breakthrough camera used to capture iconic images of a rocket separation on Apollo 6 in 1968. As an African American in an industry with few people of color at the time, Mr. Jacobs faced significant difficulties, including unequal pay and, often, unfair treatment. Now Mr. Jacobs serves as the role model he never had for himself, showing young people of color what they can achieve in the face of racism, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity, and calling for action to address injustices that still exist today. He told the San Diego Union Tribune: ``It's important to be a pioneer, but I want people to understand that while we appreciate the progress, things need to be done to address the inequality. That's something that was there when I started and it's still happening today right up to the very top level of our government.'' Mr. Jacobs' story has helped highlight other ``Hidden Figures'' who have gone without recognition, particularly people of color and women, for their extraordinary contributions to our country. I have no doubt that Mr. Jacobs' efforts to touch the lives of young people and address inequality has had a profound impact on our community and will continue to do so. Shelby Jacobs is an inspiration to me and so many others, and I am proud to call him our first Constituent of the Month. ____________________