After more than 11 years of service, today marks Reverend Daniel Coughlin’s last day as Chaplain of the House of Representatives.  He has been an integral part of the House community, continuing the tradition of the opening prayer and working with lawmakers, officers, and staff.  Appointed by Speaker Dennis Hastert, Father Coughlin came to the House from the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he will return.  Read more about Father Dan here.

Earlier this week, Speaker Boehner and House leaders gathered to thank Father Coughlin for his service and present him with a shadow box containing a flag flown over the Capitol and a small plaque that reads:

“Flown in recognition of the Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin, 59th Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, for his eleven years of guiding the Chamber with his wise counsel, spiritual encouragement, and thoughtful prayers.”

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