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Delegate Comstock's House Joint Resolution Honoring Congressman Frank Wolf Passes House
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Monday, February 24, 2014


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Statement From Delegate Comstock On The Passage of House Joint Resolution 285 Honoring Congressman Frank Wolf 

Richmond, VA- Today, Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-34) issued the following statement on the passage of House Joint Resolution 285 from the House of Delegates which honors Congressman Frank Wolf:  

"It was an honor to introduce and sponsor House Joint Resolution 285, a resolution commending the distinguished service of our Congressman Frank Wolf.

"Congressman Wolf has been a great blessing to the 10th District and has been a role model for all of us who serve in Virginia.  Having worked on the Congressman's staff as a senior aide, as well as having worked with him when I was a senior Justice Department official, and now as his Delegate, I have always looked to him for his wisdom, experience and guidance in serving the people of Northern Virginia.    

"Congressman Wolf is a man of great character and integrity who will leave a legacy of excellence as an example for other public officials when he retires from public office in 2014.  I'm pleased that the General Assembly has passed what I am sure will be one of many accolades for Congressman Wolf recognizing his service to our community, our Commonwealth, and our country."  
A full text version of House Joint Resolution 285 is available here and below: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HJ285.


"WHEREAS, the Honorable Frank R. Wolf, known as the "Conscience of the Congress," will retire from public office in 2014; and

"WHEREAS, Frank R. Wolf was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980 and has represented the 10th District for 17 consecutive terms; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf helped Northern Virginia grow into the economic engine of the Commonwealth and one of the premier technology corridors on the East Coast; and


"WHEREAS, in an effort to build a strong future for the nation, Congressman Wolf championed job creation and growth in the United States and prioritized science, math, engineering, and language education programs, and helped create the Rising Above the Gathering Storm Commission, whose landmark 2007 report galvanized the nation's interest in American competitiveness; and


"WHEREAS, serving as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, Congressman Wolf worked to transform the FBI after 9/11 so it could address the threat from al Qaeda and domestic radicalization; and


"WHEREAS, recognizing the growing cyber threat from both criminal and foreign state actors to United States government agencies and the private sector, Congressman Wolf used his chairmanship to increase resources and prioritize cybersecurity and prevent cyber espionage; and


"WHEREAS, during the darkest days of the Iraq War, Congressman Wolf authored legislation creating the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, also known as the Baker-Hamilton Commission, which played a key role leading up to the "surge" to improve the situation on the ground; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf led the effort to transfer control of Dulles and then National Airports from the federal government to a local authority, now called the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which has led to Dulles International Airport becoming a gateway to the world and Reagan National Airport becoming one of the premier airports in the country; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf helped address transportation improvements in the region, from congestion relief on Interstate 66, to extending Metrorail to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County, to safety improvements on the George Washington Parkway; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf has been a stalwart defender of the American family and has fought against the scourges of pornography and the dramatic growth of gambling in neighborhoods across the country, given the devastating links to societal and family breakdown; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf has been a leader in fighting violent gangs that threatened the community and spoken out about the insidious criminal enterprise of trafficking women and children, a form of modern day slavery; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf has raised awareness about the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease and has worked to help alleviate hunger in our communities, working with local food banks, businesses, and schools to feed the hungry; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf worked to improve moral, productive, and family values by encouraging leave sharing, flexi-time, and flexi-place programs in the federal workforce, as well as pushing federal agencies to come into the twenty-first century and adopt robust telework policies to reduce traffic congestion, save energy, improve air quality, and provide cost savings to taxpayers; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf authored legislation to protect Manassas National Battlefield Park when it was threatened by development; and


"WHEREAS, when Civil War and other historic sites in the Shenandoah Valley were threatened, Congressman Wolf worked with community leaders, historic preservationists, and others to protect and preserve these historically significant sites, creating what is now the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf helped establish the innovative Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in 2002; as a model for how future parks can integrate with and benefit the existing community, the park allows private landowners and organizations to live, work, and operate inside its borders; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf led efforts to create the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area; the area ties together the rich cultural and historical sites along U.S. Route 15, from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, north through the Counties of Fauquier, Prince William, and Loudoun, to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania; and


"WHEREAS, when cutbacks nearly forced the closure of Turkey Run Park in McLean, Congressman Wolf worked to establish the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, the only privately run park in the National Park Service system; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf has long supported Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the only national park dedicated to the performing arts; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf authored the landmark International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which institutionalized the promotion of America's first freedom, religious freedom, as an American foreign policy priority and created the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department headed by an ambassador-at-large; and


"WHEREAS, under the auspices of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Congressman Wolf launched a bipartisan initiative aimed at encouraging members of Congress to adopt prisoners of conscience worldwide and commit to advocating on their behalf in hopes of ensuring better treatment in prison and ultimately securing their release from unjust detention and abuse by repressive regimes and governments; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf provided a voice to those in need throughout the world; he led the first United States Congressional Delegation to Darfur in 2004 and visited many other hot spots, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Romania, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Ethiopia, and Tibet; and


"WHEREAS, Congressman Wolf worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build consensus for the betterment of the nation; he respected and ably represented many diverse constituencies in his district and built strong partnerships with leaders throughout the 10th District; and


WHEREAS, after retirement from public office, Frank Wolf plans to fully devote himself to advocacy for human rights, offering his wise leadership to the noble cause of those seeking justice, equality, and religious tolerance; and


"WHEREAS, a man of great character and integrity, Frank Wolf served Northern Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the Commonwealth, and the nation with distinction; he leaves a legacy of excellence as an example for other public officials; now, therefore, be it


"RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the Honorable Frank R. Wolf, a true statesman, on the occasion of his retirement from public office; and, be it


"RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Honorable Frank R. Wolf as an expression of the General Assembly's admiration for his leadership, wisdom, and dedicated service to the Commonwealth and the nation."

Delegate Comstock currently serves as the Chairwoman of the House Science and Technology Committee. She also serves on the House Commerce and Labor and the House Transportation Committees. Delegate Comstock represents parts of McLean, Great Falls and Vienna in Fairfax County and parts of eastern Loudoun County.


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