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For Immediate Release: 
April 27, 2007
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

Majority Leader Hoyer's Statement

on the Passing of Jack Valenti


WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today:


"Jack Valenti's prowess as a lobbyist for the movie industry was outshined only by the passion he brought to his work and the unyielding love he had for our country.


"As an advisor to President Lyndon Johnson, Jack was instrumental in the realization of the "Great Society" and the promise of greater opportunity, equality and social justice that came with it.


"And as President of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack was one of the most-hardworking and dedicated advocates you would find anywhere on Capitol Hill.  When he spoke, people listened - and by inventing the movie industry's rating system, he demonstrated just how vital America's business community can be in providing for the common good.


"Jack was a consummate professional, a good friend, and someone that I will never forget.  My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends as we mourn his loss."