Pelosi Floor Speech Honoring Jonathan Stivers

January 9, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor today to honor the service of long-time staffer and Senior Advisor Jonathan Stivers, who was confirmed by the Senate to be Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Thank you Mr. Speaker.  Mr. Speaker, I come to the floor to celebrate the unanimous Senate confirmation of a public servant of integrity, energy, expertise and ability; a person of deep dedication to our country, to ending poverty, fighting disease and advancing democracy; someone I have had the privilege of having on my staff for the past 15 years: the new Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID: Jonathan Stivers.

“Over the years, Jon worked closely with USAID and congressional committees to promote our national interests, fight poverty and disease around the world, and address ongoing challenges in global development across Asia.  He played a central role in advancing the foreign policy priorities of our country, especially in the fields of human rights, appropriations, HIV/AIDS, international trade, and in countries across the Asia-Pacific region.  Many of our Republican colleagues know that Jon worked very much across the aisle on all of these issues.

“Jonathan’s professionalism and attention to detail were unparalleled – and I can say this with confidence: on the most challenging and critical issues of our day, Jon Stivers consistently exhibits the leadership needed to improve the global community.

“Though we will miss his experience and expertise, I am proud that he is serving these critical issues in his new position – and I wish him, his wife Ramsey, who is here with us, and his baby daughters Josephine and Parker all the best in their new adventures.  Thank you, Jonathan Stivers, congratulations, and good luck.”