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In Honor Of New Jersey Restaurant Association President Deborah Dowdell

Rep. Leonard Lance

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Mr. Speaker, I rise with great sadness to honor long-time president of the New Jersey Restaurant Association Deborah Dowdell. Deborah Dowdell died March 2nd following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Deborah's passing is a tremendous loss for New Jersey's small business community and most especially, her family, who loved her dearly.

For those who knew Deborah, she was a strong and influential leader and mentor in Trenton. Deborah Dowdell was an influential policy-maker, an expert on issues important to New Jersey's restaurant and hospitality community. But most important Deborah Dowdell was a great friend and loving daughter and wife.

My wife Heidi and I send our thoughts and prayers to Deborah's entire family during these very trying and difficult times.