Pelosi Floor Speech in Recognition of Jerry Hartz

October 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today on the House Floor in recognition of Jerry Hartz, long-time Senior Advisor and Director of Floor Legislative Operations.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the leadership of a consummate civil servant, a skilled strategist, and an astute advisor for his outstanding service to the Congress for the better part of three decades.  A proud son of Iowa who is deeply dedicated to our country, to advancing the Democratic agenda on the House Floor, and to strengthening our democracy; An exemplary professional whom I have been privileged to have lead on my staff for the past 13 years: I speak of – respected on both sides of the aisle – Jerry Hartz.

“Jerry is a master of House rules and parliamentary procedure.  Over the years, Jerry has managed the influential and consequential debates on the House Floor.  He played a vital role in advancing our Democratic efforts to improve the lives of Americans by moving forward vital legislation.  We simply could not have done that without you, Jerry.

“On the most challenging and critical legislative issues of our day, Jerry consistently exhibited the wisdom, the creativity, and the fairness, and the fairness needed to improve our world.  Though we will miss his experience and his expertise, I am proud that Jerry will continue to contribute to shaping our nation at the National Democratic Institute.  Thank you to Jerry’s wife, Jennifer, who is with us today, and their daughters, Alicia and Evelyn, for sharing Jerry with us all these years.

“Earlier this morning, we had a huge number of Members of Congress come pay their respects to Jerry and to Jennifer, a large number of staff from both sides of the aisle who recognized Jerry’s sense of fairness.

“Thank you, Jerry, for your long and excellent service to the Democratic Caucus, to this House, and to the United States Congress, and in doing so, to the United States of America.  Thank you for your patriotism and your leadership.  I yield back.”