Pelosi Floor Speech Honoring House Democratic Cloakroom Attendant Herb Shanks


Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor this afternoon to honor House Democratic Cloakroom Attendant Herb Shanks, who is retiring today after 38 years of service.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks. 

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Herb Shanks, the Cloakroom Attendant of the House Democratic Cloakroom for the last 38 years.

“Herb is retiring today after serving this institution much longer than probably most Members of Congress.  Indeed, he has served under seven Speakers of the House, and generations of Members have depended upon him.

“As the doorkeeper and cloakroom attendant, Herb has ensured the safety and security of House Members and staff by controlling access to the Democratic Cloakroom.  He has also been a face of warm welcome to all Members.

“Herb’s dedicated service is representative of the many staff who serve this institution, particularly those who work in both the Democratic and the Republican cloakrooms, and the nonpartisan officers who ensure smooth operations on the House floor.  They may not be household names, but they proudly serve our nation’s families.

“Herb is joined here today by his two twin daughters, Andrea and Angela.  We thank them for sharing their father with us.  [Applause.]  We also note that Herb is a proud grandfather of four, and great grandfather of three.

“Today, we will present Herb with a flag that flew over the Capitol in his honor on this, his day of retirement after 38 years of service.  It is a fitting tribute to this great patriot: Herb Shanks.  Thank you, Herb.  [Applause.]

“I would now like to yield to the distinguished Majority Leader, Mr. Hoyer.”

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