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Congressman Gibbs wishes former Congressman Regula happy birthday

| December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Gibbs released the following comments after he spoke on the House floor, congratulating former Congressman Ralph Regula on his 90th birthday.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 90th Birthday of former Representative, Ralph Regula.

“Ralph Strauss Regula was born in Beach City, Ohio, on Dec. 3, 1924. Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Regula served in the United States Navy, worked as a school teacher and principal in Stark County schools, served on the Ohio State Board of Education and was a member in both the Ohio State House and State Senate. In 1973, Mr. Regula was elected to Congress and served 18 consecutive terms, until his retirement in 2009.

“During his tenure in Congress, Mr. Regula served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, where he worked across party lines to improve educational opportunities, workforce training programs and healthcare. He was a passionate advocate for research and the advancement of science.

“Congressman Regula billed himself a ‘regular’ guy. He was the son of a dairy farmer and part of a high school graduating class of only 25, where he developed a strong work ethic and love of community. Ralph loved serving here because he cared about people and helping improve their quality of life. In this House he was a pragmatic leader willing to find solutions to tough problems.

“I have personally known Ralph for over three decades and have many fond memories meeting with him both here and in Ohio as my Congressman. Like many others I have learned so much from Congressman Regula over the years. To that I say, Thank you!

“Today, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the great life and career of Mr. Ralph Regula, wishing him a very happy 90th birthday.”

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