Mr. LUCAS of Oklahoma. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself the balance of my time.
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleagues, the gentleman from South Dakota (Mr. Thune), the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. Granger), and the gentleman from Oklahoma (Mr. Watkins), for their efforts.
Clearly, the generation that went off to Europe in 1917 and 1918 is now all but gone, and the young men who went off to fight the Second World War between 1941 and 1945 is starting to show the ages and seasons of time. But, my colleagues, by making this effort to acknowledge these brave and valiant efforts, we do this House great service and do this Nation the same service.
Mr. DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
Mr. Speaker, as a Member of the Committee on Government Reform, I rise in support of H.R. 4794, legislation naming a post office after Ronald C. Packard.
H.R. 4794, which was introduced by the gentleman from California (Mr. Issa) on May 22, 2002, has met the committee policy and enjoys the support and cosponsorship of the entire California delegation.
Ron Packard was elected to Congress on November 2, 1982, by a write-in vote, only the fourth successful write-in candidate in the history of the United States Congress. Representative Packard represented the 48th District in California for 18 years, until his retirement from Congress on January 3, 2001.
A member of the United States Navy Dental Corps, Ronald Packard founded the Packard Dental Clinic before becoming active in community and business affairs. He began public service as a trustee and chairman of the Carlsbad Unified School District, going on to serve as a city councilman and later as mayor of Carlsbad.
While in Congress, Representative Packard served on the Committee on Appropriations, chairing the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the Subcommittee on Military Construction, and the Subcommittee on Legislative. He also worked as a senior member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs.
Previously, he served on the Committee on Public Works, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Science, the Subcommittee on Space and Technology.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.