Mr. Speaker, after four productive years in Congress, my good friend and colleague, Representative JANICE HAHN (CA), will retire from the United States Congress. She will continue her passion for public service, pursuing her lifelong dream of serving on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, just like her father did before her.

JANICE was born to work in public service, and it seems that public service is in her blood. Her father was one of Los Angeles County’s Supervisors for 40 years, and her brother was the Mayor of Los Angeles from 2001–2005. It was no surprise that she ran for—and won—a seat onto the Los Angeles City Council in 2001, where she would sit for the next 10 years. Then, in July of 2011, JANICE won a special election to serve in the House of Representatives. As the only two alumni of Abilene Christian University to ever serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, JANICE and I became quick friends. Our friendship brought us back to our alma mater to talk about bipartisanship and the importance of working across the aisle to find workable solutions to many of the problems that our communities face.

JANICE has become a positive role model for young women who want to succeed in public service. Our ACU connection also led us to talk about the importance of ports to each of our respective congressional districts and to found the Congressional PORTS Caucus to advocate on behalf of our nation’s ports. Our work through the PORTS Caucus brought JANICE to the Port of Houston to learn more about one of our nation’s busiest export ports and brought me to the Port of Long Beach, one of our nation’s busiest import ports. We stood together to introduce legislation and amendments to ensure that our ports had more resources to help their critical missions. During her tenure, she has been an outspoken advocate and champion for her district and for the many different issues she holds close to her heart. Though we don’t always agree on every policy matter, I have the utmost respect for the work my good friend has done for our nation. Though I will miss serving alongside another ACU Wildcat, I have no doubt she will continue her excellent work back home in Los Angeles taking care of people. Because taking care of people is what JANICE HAHN does. And that’s just the way it is. 

During her tenure, she has been an outspoken advocate and champion for her district and for the many different issues she holds close to her heart. Though we don’t always agree on every policy matter, I have the utmost respect for the work my good friend has done for our nation. Though I will miss serving alongside another ACU Wildcat, I have no doubt she will continue her excellent work back home in Los Angeles taking care of people. Because taking care of people is what JANICE HAHN does. And that’s just the way it is. 

And that’s just the way it is.