NO. R-30. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR PAUL E. TSONGAS.
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 nations 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 nations impending fiscal problems, and
Whereas, although he did not ultimately garner his partys presidential nomination, he proved to be New Englands 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. Tsongass 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.