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Tribute To Marilyn Lloyd

Rep. Bart Gordon

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the outstanding achievements of one of our former colleagues, Marilyn Lloyd, who served in the House from 1975 to 1995. On October 10, Ms. Lloyd's 20 years of service to her district will be commemorated at the dedication of the Marilyn Lloyd Environmental and Life Sciences Complex in Oak Ridge, TN.

The Marilyn Lloyd Environmental and Life Sciences Complex will comprise most of the Environmental Sciences Division's labs and offices on the west end of Oak Ridge National Laboratory [ORNL]. Ms. Lloyd's successor, Congressman Zach Wamp, along with various officials and dignitaries, will be on hand to express their appreciation for her efforts on behalf of ORNL.

There could not be a more fitting tribute to her hard work and dedication to the Oak Ridge community. As a senior member of the House Science Committee and chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Energy, former Representative Lloyd was in a unique position to assume a watchdog position and ensure that Oak Ridge was treated fairly. At a time when many DOE sites are struggling, Oak Ridge has maintained its status as a national leader in neutron science, cutting-edge technology, and environmental cleanup. None of this would have been possible without Marilyn Lloyd's diligence and commitment to the third District of Tennessee.

In her previous position as a U.S. Congresswoman, Ms. Lloyd brought attention to the need for fusion energy research and the Isotope Production and Distribution Program. Her dedication to her district and the science community was so deep-rooted, she chose to remain the chairwoman of the Energy Subcommittee even after she had obtained the seniority to chair a subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee.

Ms. Lloyd still remains active in the science community and in Oak Ridge. She is an appointee to the Secretary of Energy's advisory board and a member of Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp. board of directors. Her community service, church activities, and family keep her busy as well.

As the first and only woman to be elected to a full term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, Marilyn always was a trailblazer. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this tribute than my former colleague and friend, Marilyn Lloyd. Her past and continued work for the Oak Ridge National Lab and the Third District should never be forgotten.