Pelosi Floor Speech on the Passing of Naomi Lauter


Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor on the House of Representatives following the death of Naomi Lauter.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Leader Pelosi. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of my dear friend Naomi Lauter, who died on December 4 in her beloved San Francisco.  Naomi lived her life in the spirit on Tikkun Olam, dedicated to making the world a better place by fighting for values, ideals and issues we all hold most dear.

Born and raised in San Francisco,  Naomi attended Lowell High School, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.  Her parents Rose and Louis Ets-Hokin were prominent leaders the San Francisco Jewish community.  Their activism, particularly that of her mother who brought food, entertainment and joy to America’s service members during World War II inspired Naomi’s own commitment to the causes of equality and justice.

Naomi’s political activism began in the 1950s in the civil rights and labor movements, most prominently working with Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers.  Her grassroots organizing and mobilizing helped in the fight to end segregation and expand access to quality education for all.

Her commitment to upholding the dignity of every person knew no bounds.  Naomi and her husband of 61 years, Bob, were fierce supporters of Israel and worked tirelessly to strengthen the US-Israel relationship.  Naomi was a pillar of the San Francisco Jewish community where she was committed to forging connections between young Jewish Americans and the state of Israel.  Her leadership in spearheading the San Francisco Holocaust Memorial and training generations of volunteers across the country will benefit the Jewish community for years to come.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I say that many political and civil leaders depended on Naomi’s wise council and, with her passing, I have lost a dear friend.  We will all profoundly miss her warmth and wonderful leadership.  Above all, Naomi was passionate about her family, her husband Bob, her four children, David, Jonathan, Sarah and Sam, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Our families were close neighbors and remain close friends.  The Pelosi family has been invited to many Shabbat and Passover Seder dinners with the Lauter family and they joined us for Christmas.  We celebrated together just like we organized and worked together.  May it bring comfort to the Lauter family that so many share their sorrow of the passing of this much-beloved, inspiring woman.

I thank you, Mr. Speaker, for allowing me to make this statement.  Thank you.