Hoyer Statement on Chairman Lantos’ Decision Not to Seek Re-Election

For Immediate Release:

January 2, 2008

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos announced he would not seek re-election after completing his current term:

 
“I am deeply saddened to learn today of Chairman Lantos’ illness.  He has been a wise and thoughtful leader in Congress since he was first elected in 1980, and his unwavering commitment to democracy and basic human rights will be greatly missed.
 
“Chairman Lantos’ remarkable life is an inspiration to all of us.  The only Holocaust survivor to be elected to Congress, Chairman Lantos is internationally known for his advocacy for human rights.  As the founding member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman Lantos has continually fought for those who are too often ignored by the global community.  His knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of international issues has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
 
“It is a true honor and great privilege to work with Tom Lantos.  He is not only a close colleague; he is a dear friend.  I join many others in offering my thanks and appreciation for his many years of dedicated service to his constituents and to our nation.  My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his wonderful wife, Annette, their daughters, and all his family and loved ones.”
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