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Celebrating Outgoing Department President Mrs. Karen Hoover Of The Pennsylvania Vfw Auxiliary April 26, 2016
Lou Barletta, R-PA
"Mr. Speaker, It is my honor to recognize Mrs. Karen Hoover on the occasion of her departure as 2015-2016 Department President for the VFW Auxiliary Department of Pennsylvania. Spanning 31 years, Karen‘s countless contributions in my district and state reflect her dignity, honor, and dedication to improving her community and the lives of all Veterans of Foreign Wars. Karen joined the VFW Auxiliary in 1985, under the eligibility of her father, who served in the Army during WWII, and subsequently became a life member in 1999. She was elected the Auxiliary President in 1988 and served a total of eight terms. Since 2000, Karen has served as a Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Secretary, and in her current role as Treasurer. Auxiliary chairmanship positions she has occupied include Americanism, Membership, Cancer, and Safety. Karen has also acted as the District 18 Chief of Staff, Color Bearer, Extensions Chairman, and Treasurer for the Voice of Democracy program. Beyond her formal positions in the VFW, Karen has always understood the value of community engagement. She is a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, the American Legion, Women of the Moose, Relay for Life Team, United Way Fundraising, and Valley Lanes Bowling League. Karen is a lifetime member of the National Home for Veterans Children and was a life member of the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children until its closure in 2009. Additionally, Karen is a dedicated supporter of the Halifax Cat Rescue Association. Whether volunteering at the food stand during the Shippensburg Community Fair or spending valuable time with her family, Karen embodies the values and principles that are essential to the functioning of a productive community. Her departure will be accompanied by quality time with her daughter Nicole, who is also an active member of the Auxiliary, her two stepsons, and three grandchildren. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to recognize Mrs. Karen Hoover for her tireless dedication and excellence serving as 2015-2016 Department President for the VFW Auxiliary Department of Pennsylvania. Karen‘s career achievements have produced profound effects in our community and her example of selfless leadership will continue to inspire the next generation of Veterans advocates. It is with gratitude and appreciation that I recognize Mrs. Hoover on the occasion of her departure and wish her all the best in her next endeavor."
Bring Back Our Girls April 26, 2016
Frederica Wilson, D-FL
"I thank Leader Pelosi for her unwavering support, as well as all of my other colleagues. I thank Representative G.K. Butterfield, Curt Clawson, Karen Bass, Trent Franks, Barbara Lee, Gregory Meeks, and Sheila Jackson Lee for joining me and the escaped Chibok schoolgirls for a candlelight vigil in front of the State Department last Wednesday all in red."
Recognizing The Columbia Museum Of Art April 20, 2016
Joe Wilson, R-SC
"This award highlights the Columbia Museum of Art’s long-standing commitment to outreach efforts in at-risk, rural, and underserved communities. I am grateful for the tireless work of Executive Director, Karen Brosius, President of the Board, Claude M. Walker, Jr., museum staff, and all of their dedicated volunteers for their commitment to promoting art in our community. Congratulations to the Columbia Museum of Art on this well-deserved honor; I am grateful to serve you in Congress."
Energy Policy Modernization Bill April 20, 2016
Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
"I wish to particularly recognize my staff director, Colin Hayes. Colin came into this Energy bill midway. He came on as my staff director at the first of the year after my previous staff director, Karen Billups, who had served on the Energy Committee for close to 25 years, retires. So we had that experience and expertise leaving—and Karen worked so hard to help craft so much of this bill, but then we needed the technician to move it through this process, and Colin Hayes stepped up in an extraordinary and remarkable way, and I thank him for all he did to guide us here."
Energy Policy Modernization Act Of 2015 April 20, 2016
Maria Cantwell, D-WA
"I think yesterday’s efforts helped improve this legislation, but all of this would not be possible without the staff and the support of so many people. I thank Angela Becker-Dippman, Sam Fowler, David Brooks, Rebecca Bonner, Rosemarie Calabro Tully, John Davis, Benjamin Drake, David Gillers, Rich Glick, Spencer Gray, Sa’Rah Hamm, Aisha Johnson, Faye Matthews, Scott McKee, Casey Neal, Bryan Petit, David Poyer, Betsy Rosenblatt, Sam Siegler, Bradley Sinkaus, Carolyn Sloan, Rory Stanley, Melanie Stansbury, Al Stayman, Nick Sutter, Stephanie Teich-McGoldrick, Brie Van Cleve, and of course I thank Colin Hayes and Karen Billups from the majority staff who have worked so hard on this legislation as well."

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