WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in honor of Herb Shanks, who is retiring today after almost 4 decades of service as Cloakroom Attendant for the U.S. House of Representatives. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Herb Shanks is retiring today after serving as Attendant for the House Democratic Cloakroom since 1973. I had the honor of representing Herb. He has served with seven Speakers of the House, from Speaker Albert to Speaker Pelosi. Herb always treated us all alike: for him, and for the people working in the Republican Cloakroom, there are no Republicans or Democrats, just Members of Congress who serve together and work together on behalf of our country.
“Herb, you have been a wonderful friend. And you have made everybody’s day brighter every time they came in contact with you. You have been so thoughtful, so courteous, so kind, that all of us have been advantaged, and our lives have been made better by your service. And Herb, as you leave not our hearts, but at least the Cloakroom, we hope that you will come back from time to time and visit with us, and we will be, again, enriched by your presence and your demeanor. Godspeed and thank you, good friend.”