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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 0:57:45 to 1:01:45
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Thomas E. Petri

0:57:41 to 0:58:01( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: i will continue to yield after the eloquent words of the speaker and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from sconsin, mr. petri. mr. petri: i thank my colleague

Thomas E. Petri

0:57:45 to 1:01:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Thomas E. Petri

Thomas E. Petri

0:58:02 to 0:58:22( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: for yielding. i thank the previous speakers, particularly the speaker of the house, for taking the time from her busy schedule to come down here and to honor a distinguished colleague on the occasion of naming the federal courthouse in his hometown after him and that's a gentleman i had the privilege of serving with

Thomas E. Petri

0:58:23 to 0:58:45( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: for nearly 30 years and getting to know and one whom i admire a great deal and that's ralph regula. you've heard about the spirit with which ralph regula approached his responsibilities as a legislator, it was positive. he worked with all members of this body and he did what he thought was in the best interest

Thomas E. Petri

0:58:46 to 0:59:06( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: of this country and this institution. you learn a lot about members of the body when you visit their districts and my wife and young daughter had the habit as we would drive back to wisconsin for the august break of picking

Thomas E. Petri

0:59:07 to 0:59:27( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: a different route across the country and taking a few extra days and stopping to see historic and interesting places and making an educational and fun thing rather than just an ordeal to go acss the country. and one year we decided to go

Thomas E. Petri

0:59:28 to 0:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: through and visit another colleague in ac ron, ohio, and -- akron, ohio, and all that and he had this home which they'd lost in the depression, one of the largest private homes in the united states, and in the course of doing that he took us through the thing, discovered that he

Thomas E. Petri

0:59:50 to 1:00:14( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: and ralph regula had worked together for many years to create what is now, i believe, the largest national park east of the mississippi, the cuyahoga valley nional park. i know they were both tremendously proud of that.

Thomas E. Petri

1:00:15 to 1:00:37( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: for that area of ohio because there are large cities on various sides of this and it provides recreational and other opportunities for a large population and if they had not acted when they did, it might not be there today. and it was done by those two representatives working as best

Thomas E. Petri

1:00:38 to 1:00:59( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: they could with colleagues in both political parties and will stand as a lasting monument to their joint efforts on behalf of our country and certainly the people of their region ralph and mary were a great and are a great team and one other thing i think i might mention, ralph is kind of a gentleman

Thomas E. Petri

1:01:00 to 1:01:20( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: farmer and he used to spend a lot of time working with his grandchildren and family and all that. but ronald reagan was kind of a gentleman farmer, too. he had this ranch out in california, where he cleared brush and was trying to develop and it turned out he and ralph

Thomas E. Petri

1:01:21 to 1:01:42( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: were talking over and rean discovered that ralph was going back to work on fencing on his farm and asked him if he could explain how he did it and so ralph came back to a meeting a had taken careful notes and everything else and then a week or two later gave him, i think,

Thomas E. Petri

1:01:43 to 1:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas E. Petri: a signed copy of the instructions that ralph had

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