7:17 PM EDT

Donna F. Edwards, D-MD 4th

Ms. EDWARDS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S. 3009, a bill introduced by Senator Nelson of Nebraska to honor the distinguished career of former Senator J. James Exon.

J. James Exon was born on August 9, 1921, in Geddes, South Dakota. After graduating from the University of Omaha, he joined the United States Army Signal Corps serving 2 years overseas in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. He was honorably discharged as a master sergeant in December of 1945 and served in the Army Reserve until 1949. In 1954, Exon founded Exon's Incorporated, which became one of Nebraska's best-known office equipment companies.

The bill designates the FBI building under construction in Omaha, Nebraska, in honor of Senator Exon. Senator Exon served two terms as Governor of Nebraska from 1971 to 1979. In 1978, he was elected to the United States Senate and served for three terms in the U.S. Senate. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1996. Senator Exon died in June of this year at the age of 83.

I support S. 3009 and urge my colleagues to also support this bill.

I reserve the balance of my time.

7:18 PM EDT

John Boozman, R-AR 3rd

Mr. BOOZMAN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

This legislation would name the Federal Bureau of Investigation Building in Omaha, Nebraska, the ``J. James Exon Federal Bureau of Investigation Building.''

J. James Exon had a long and distinguished career in public service. He was born in Geddes, South Dakota, in 1921 and attended the University of Omaha. During World War II, Senator Exon served in the United States Army Signal Corps, and he continued to serve in the Army Reserve after he was honorably discharged in 1945.

Following the war, Senator Exon moved to the private sector, eventually starting his own business in 1953. He also became active in the political process leading to his election as Governor of Nebraska in 1971.

Senator Exon represented the citizens of the State of Nebraska as Governor for 8 years. As Governor of Nebraska, he developed a reputation of holding the line on taxes and spending. His commitment to service and his popularity led to his election as a U.S. [Page: H9367]

Senator in 1979, and he served in that capacity for 18 years.

With the exception of the late Senator George Norris, Senator Exon was the only Nebraskan to win five consecutive statewide elections.

Even after retiring from the U.S. Senate in 1997, Senator Exon continued to serve his country. He was appointed to a congressionally created committee led by the former Director of Central Intelligence, John M. Deutch, to examine the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Even then, he warned of the very real threat of terrorism.

Senator Exon had a long and distinguished career in serving the State of Nebraska and the Nation. It is a fitting tribute to Senator Exon's service that this building be named after him.

I support this legislation and encourage my colleagues to do the same.

I reserve the balance of my time.