RECOGNIZING FORMER CAPITOL HILL STAFFERS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 145
(Extensions of Remarks - September 11, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                           HON. JOHN SHIMKUS

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                     Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  Mr. SHIMKUS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize a group of 
former Capitol Hill staffers who will gather in Washington on September 
20-22 to celebrate 40 years of bipartisan friendship.
  Whether competing in softball and flag football matchups, celebrating 
victories over burgers at the Tune Inn, Christmas caroling with Leader 
Michel and his colleagues, enjoying weekend road trips to national 
parks and historic sites, there were always respectful and lively 
debates on the issues of the day. Accordingly, this group of friends 
shares a special bond that began right here in these hallowed halls and 
continues today.
  Many of these congressional staffers began their careers in 1979, 
working over the years for the following Members: Representatives 
Wendell Bailey, Larry Craig, Dan Crane, Phil Crane, Ed Derwinski, David 
Emery, Billy Lee Evans, Joe Gaydos, Bo Ginn, Larry Hopkins, Dan 
Lungren, Ray McGrath, Dawson Mathis, Bob Michel, Hal Rogers, Jim 
Slattery, Gene Taylor, Bob Whittaker, Henry Waxman, and Vin Weber, and 
Senators Jake Garn, John Glenn, Jesse Helms, Sam Nunn, Bob Packwood and 
Richard Stone.
  Madam Speaker, it is my honor to recognize this lasting friendship 
that began right here in the halls of Congress, and I ask my colleagues 
to join me in wishing this special group well as they remember fondly 
their days on Capitol Hill and their years of fellowship and fun.