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NO. R-30. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR PAUL E. TSONGAS.

(J.R.H. 22)

Offered by:Representative Hallowell of Burlington.

Whereas, Paul E. Tsongas was first and foremost a son of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Whereas, he embarked on his unique political odyssey as a Peace Corps volunteer which was an experience that instilled in him a commitment to public service and helping others, and

Whereas, in his first elected office, in 1969, as a member of the Lowell City Council, Paul E. Tsongas immediately launched his lifelong commitment of steering his hometown on a path towards economic, cultural and social rejuvenation, and

Whereas, in 1974, based on his impressive record as a member of the Lowell City Council, Paul E. Tsongas was elected to represent the north shore area of Massachusetts in the United States Congress, and

Whereas, as a United States Representative, he was instrumental in establishing, in Lowell, the nation’s first National Historic Park commemorating the Industrial Revolution, and

Whereas, in 1978, based on his legislative effectiveness, and undeniable integrity, the voters of Massachusetts elected Paul E. Tsongas to the United States Senate, and

Whereas, as a United States Senator, he simply, but eloquently, articulated his beliefs in a domestic agenda that sought to balance fiscal restraint with compassion for the needs of the less fortunate, and in a foreign policy that recognized the staggering poverty and cultural diversity of the underdeveloped world, and

Whereas, tragically stricken by what was diagnosed as terminal cancer, he did not seek reelection in order that he could spend his remaining time with his family, and

Whereas, after undergoing pioneering medical treatments his health improved, Paul E. Tsongas entered the 1992 Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign, courageously proposing that the best way of maintaining the core commitment of the Democratic Party to improve the lives of the underprivileged and middle class was to honestly and comprehensively tackle the nation’s impending fiscal problems, and

Whereas, although he did not ultimately garner his party’s presidential nomination, he proved to be New England’s favorite son during the primary season and, more importantly, Paul E. Tsongas ignited a national dialogue on fiscal policy to which he subsequently contributed as a leader of the Concord Coalition, and

Whereas, after a valiant battle against his recurring health problems, Paul E. Tsongas’s extraordinary life has come to a premature conclusion, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly recognizes the very special role that Paul E. Tsongas served in the political life of his hometown, state and nation, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the family of former United States Senator Paul E. Tsongas.