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Honoring Representative Michael Garver “Mike” Oxley February 11, 2016
Steven Chabot, R-OH
"My name is Michael Chadd Elvis Oxley, son of Patricia and Mike, husband to Jennifer, and father to Maximus Garver Oxley. I stand before you this afternoon to mourn the loss of and celebrate the life of my father. As the joke goes, “How do you know if someone is vegan or does Cross Fit?” They’ll tell you. Bob Hope Beachboy Al Jardine Orville & Wilbur Wright General William Tecumseh Sherman Archie Griffin Wendy’s Cooper Tire Marathon Petroleum Kroger Victoria’s Secret You may have heard of these, they’re from Ohio. And so was one Michael Garver Oxley. Everyone in this church knows, on average, between 300-500 direct or indirect accounts of where my father’s golf ball landed, what club was implemented at the time, and the associated weather conditions, so I won’t focus on that today. Looking back now, I see how supremely fortunate I am to have had Mike Oxley as my father. I can go to YouTube, LexisNexis or the Hancock County Historical Museum Oxley Government Center, click a button and see my father in action again. 99% do not have that beautiful blessing, and for that privilege I am thankful and humbled. However, if I may make one request of you when you have a chance: I want your personal stories. Not for attribution, not for publication. I want the insider view into my father from your perspective. I want meat. For instance, a member of the Real Miami staff reached out to me and said how charmed she was that rather than sitting at the big donor table, Dad sat with the staff to ask them about their Miami experience, and it touched her heart. A former Member shared with me yesterday that Dad politely brokered a meeting between him and a Committee Chair so that a public flare up would soon be quelled and that closure could be reached on an important issue. I know all too well where Dad’s ball landed, or how the press statements were presented. I selfishly want this living history to be the very marrow on which I can chew when I miss him the most. I want more in a time when I have less. When my father was, so we thought, in his final days in October, Dad pulled me close and reminded me that I tended to get things wrong the first time, but the second time I got them right. He told me he loved me and was proud of me, which is all I could have ever asked for. My father and I had grown closer in my 30’s once I had found the love of my life, earned my MBA, and started my own business—all things I did right the second time—our relationship elevated to a much higher level. The next day Dad awoke and decided it was time to have cataract surgery. By that afternoon, with renewed ability to clearly see his Grandson and Buckeye football, Dad had a new zeal for life and a new inspiration to get better. Thank you, Dr. Harry, for extending my father’s quality and quantity of life. Quote: “When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift— that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies— that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter— that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body—it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed—that’s the finest I know.” “So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” Most of you may not know that quote because it is the third stanza after a much more memorable, pithy truth: “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.”—Lou Gehrig July 4, 1939. To me, there could be no more fitting parallel to Dad on so many levels. Dad’s Bucket List was largely accomplished: Retired the Roll Call Trophy Visited most continents multiple times Propelled significant legislation in telecom reform, brownfield cleanup, spectrum auction, fractions to decimals, terrorism risk insurance, and anti-fraud. Mentored hundreds of aspiring politicos on both sides of the aisle. Raised countless funds for charities and fellow candidates. Rode an ostrich in Ohio, a camel in Egypt, and Air Force One with Reagan. Fostered the love of golf in his grandson. And shared all of these experiences with his life partner of 44 years. He did everything he could to enjoy one last reunion, one last round of golf, and one last embrace of his family. It was that fighting spirit for which he was known in life as he will be in death. I am so thankful for this outpouring of love and affection and on behalf of the Oxley family we sincerely appreciate you celebrating Dad’s life today. This will not be easy for any of us for a while, but I know we will regularly convene over martinis (see thrus) in order to help one another through this. That would be Dad’s will. On the night before he passed, my father texted me “Are you awake?” which indicated he wanted me to check in on him. This was a simple request to fulfill and I did. Retrospectively, I look at that one layer deeper. “Awake” in the ancient Greek is “Gregorio” and it takes on a more metaphysical definition—conscious, active, focused, vigilant. Thanks to you, Dad, I am awake. I am very awake."
Honoring The Life Of Bill Arnsparger October 23, 2015
Andy Barr, R-KY
"Arnsparger went on to serve as an assistant coach at the college level at Ohio State, the University of Kentucky, and Tulane University. He was head coach at Louisiana State University. Arnsparger coached in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts, the Miami Dolphins, the New York Giants, and the San Diego Chargers. He also served as athletic director at the University of Florida. Arnsparger was famous for being the architect of the “No Name Defense” and the “Killer B’s” of the Miami Dolphins. Bill was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll as well as Halls of Fame at Paris High School, Miami University, Kentucky Athletic, Florida Athletic, and the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame."
Legislative Session May 1, 2014
Charles Schumer, D-NY
"They say they really want to pass immigration legislation in their heart, but they are only one Member and it is not up to them. They can even have their leadership blame other Republicans for not holding a vote. But Bill Parcells, who used to coach for both the New York Giants and New York Jets, was famous for saying, “You are what your record shows you are.”"
Celebrating Jack Murray’S 90Th Birthday November 12, 2013
Tom Reed, R-NY
"Mr. Murray’s life and career exemplify selfless and tireless commitment to his neighborhood, his community and his noble profession of public education. Jack is the son of the late major league baseball great ‘Red’ Murray, one of the notable stars on the roster of the New York Giants in the early years of the 20th Century. Mr. Murray followed in his father’s athletic footsteps through a decades-long career of promoting good health and fitness as a physical education teacher within the Elmira City School District. He was a laudable fixture in the public school system of his community for over thirty years, and his work touched the lives of thousands of young people in a supportive and positive fashion."
Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act Of 2013—Motion To Proceed April 10, 2013
Christopher Murphy, D-CT
"Jack Pinto was 6 years old, and he was already a jock. He loved the New York Giants, and he had an idol whose name is Victor Cruz. He loved Victor Cruz. He followed everything Victor Cruz did. He was ecstatic when the Giants won the Super Bowl and Cruz played a big part. Victor was wonderful enough in the days following the tragedy to honor Jack’s memory. During the game after the tragedy, he wore writing on his cleats and his gloves that said: Jack Pinto, my hero. Jack was buried in a Victor Cruz jersey."

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