Congressman Boehner Thanks Departing Ohio Representatives for Their Service to the State
Dec 13, 2012
This week, Congressman John Boehner (OH-08) thanked five departing members of the Ohio Congressional delegation for their service to the nation and the state in remarks on the House floor. Congressman Steve Austria (OH-07), Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH-10), Congressman Steve LaTourette (OH-14), Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (OH-02), and Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) were all recognized by Congressman Boehner for their outstanding service and commitment to Ohio.
Boehner remarked, “Each of these Representatives focused on different issues and lead in their own way, but what they all have in common is a love for Ohio and an unwavering dedication to their constituents.”
Watch Congressman Boehner’s full remarks below:
“Let me thank my colleague for yielding.
“I’ve proudly represented the people of the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio now for 22 years.
“During that time, our state delegation has had a long line of great leaders and great legislators here in the Congress.
“Tonight, I want to recognize the careers and the service of our five departing members from the Ohio delegation, each of which, in their own way, exemplified the type of leadership for which our great state has long been known.
“Congressman Kucinich has been a passionate advocate for his community and while we haven’t always agreed, I respect his courage, his passion, and his commitment to his constituents.
“Congressman Steve Austria has worked tirelessly on military and veterans issues that are so important to the region we both serve. Steve, your efforts on behalf of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base community and the people of Southwest Ohio deserves a great deal of thanks and applause for your work.
“Congresswoman Jean Schmidt blazed a trail as the first woman elected to represent her Southern Ohio district. She has served in this chamber with a deep commitment to her principles and her faith, and I wish her the very best of luck.
“Congresswoman Betty Sutton sits on the other side of the aisle, but we've always been able to disagree without being disagreeable. Like me, she served in the Ohio House before serving our state here in the Congress. I respect her straightforward nature and her willingness to fight for her priorities, and those of her constituents.
“And finally, my friend and close colleague Steve LaTourette. Steve and I have known each other for a long time. Steve, you've always done things your way. You’re truly one of a kind, and it really is not going to be the same around here without my good friend Steve LaTourette. But our friendship will continue, and I’m grateful for the relationship that we've had.
“Each of these Representatives focused on different issues and lead in their own way, but what they all have in common is a love for Ohio and an unwavering dedication to their constituents.
“I am honored to have worked with each of you. On behalf of the people of our beloved state, thank you for your service.”