Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor today to honor the life and legacy of former Congresswoman and Ambassador Lindy Boggs. Below are the Leader’s remarks:
“Thank you very much Mr. Speaker. I thank the gentleman for the kind words. As they have said about our former colleague Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, I associate myself with their remarks but would only add that bipartisanship was the nature of how Lindy Boggs led and served in this body.
“When we would have our heated discussions on the floor, she would call us back and say: ‘Darling, Hale used to always say: ‘Don’t fight every fight as if it’s you’re last fight. We are all friends. We are a resource to each other to do good things for our country.’ No wonder a room was named for her, a room that has shared bipartisan enjoyment and participation, where we have come together as Democrats and Republicans to bring about solutions.
“It was referenced that we had a bipartisan tribute to her on her birthday March 13th, and I think you would find some joy in the fact that as a devout Catholic, that was her birthday, that was when we planned to have the tribute, that was the day that white smoke went up from the chimney in Rome. And so for her birthday, we could also celebrate a new Pope, Pope Francis. What better gift for her than to enjoy that on her birthday?
“So, some of us will be in New Orleans for her service tomorrow. All of us send our – by mourning and our prayers to their family. I hope it’s a comfort to them that so many people loved Lindy Boggs and share their grief and are praying for them at this time. With that Mr. Speaker, I yield back. Thank you.”