PAYING TRIBUTE TO CARDISS COLLINS, FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois. I want to thank the gentleman from Texas for yielding to me.
I rise to pay tribute to the predecessor of my office, who served for 23 years as a Member of the House, the Honorable Cardiss Collins, who passed away on Saturday evening here in the District area.
I followed Ms. Collins into Congress when she retired. She followed her husband, who was killed in an airplane accident. The amazing thing about her was that she basically had no political involvement and experience from that vantage point. She was an accountant, who also was a housewife and involved a bit in local politics. But she got involved and was a quick study, immediately grasped what takes place here, ultimately became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, had an outstanding career, and I simply wanted to acknowledge her work.
People of her community will remember the legacy that she created as a fighter for women's rights, as a defender of children's rights, and a real defender of health care.