Floor Transcript: Recognizing the Career of Retiring Congressman Lane Evans12/07/2006
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Lipinski) is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. LIPINSKI. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to my colleague from Illinois, LANE EVANS, and recognize his long, distinguished career in public service.
From his time in the U.S. Marine Corps to nearly a quarter century in the House of Representatives, LANE has always put his country first, and now with his retirement at the end of the 109th Congress I join my colleagues in thanking LANE for his great service to his district, the State of Illinois and our Nation.
LANE Evans bravely served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. His experience in the military and his firsthand knowledge of veterans' issues led LANE to become a leading advocate for veterans during his time in Congress. On issues critical to veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, the effects of Agent Orange, and homelessness to veterans, LANE Evans was consistently a leader in crafting real policy solutions. LANE's leadership on veterans' issues was formally recognized in 1995 when was named ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
In addition to his great work on veterans' issues, LANE has always dutifully served his constituents and the State of Illinois. He has been a strong advocate for working Americans and was one of the first to see the need for renewable energies, especially for ethanol.
My own experience in the hallowed halls of Congress began more than 20 years ago when I worked as an intern in LANE Evans' office. I will never forget how he was a great example to me. He showed how to be a truly compassionate and effective leader in the House.
LANE Evans' legacy will certainly reflect his commitment to our great Nation. His insight, passion and presence will be deeply missed by all of us.
I wish LANE all the best in his retirement, and we are all truly grateful for his dedicated service, and we will truly miss the man and his dedication and the friend that he was to so many in this chamber.