Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in memory of former Third District Congressman Bill Barrett. He then requested a moment of silence be observed.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Today I rise in memory of former Congressman Bill Barrett. He passed away earlier this week in his hometown of Lexington, Nebraska.
Mr. Barrett devoted his life to service.
From his speakership in the State Legislature to the years he spent in Congress, he was known for being true to his word and bringing people together to get things done.
Serving Nebraskans was his top priority, and his dedication to the Third District and our state set a lasting example for me and all who have sought to fill his shoes.
Mr. Barrett was an influential conservative leader and a champion of agriculture. The Third District is now the top-producing agriculture district in the country, and we owe much of that to Mr. Barrett’s tireless work.
His former staff have recounted how he would always ask, “Does this help the Third
District?” He was a true statesman who sought to serve others rather than himself.
He worked so hard representing the 60-plus counties of the Third District for the 10 years he served.
I extend my condolences to Mr. Barrett’s wife and tremendous teammate, Elsie, and their family.
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to request a moment of silence.