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Foster Honors Late DuPage County Board Member Jerry McBride On House Floor

Jan 27, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke on the House floor to honor the life and memory of DuPage County Board Member Jerry “J.R.” McBride.

Video of Foster’s speech is available here.

Text of Foster’s remarks is below:

Madame Speaker, as the 114th Congress continues to set its course for the coming term, I rise today to honor Jerry “J.R.” McBride -- a member of the DuPage County Board who died of cancer in October at the young age of 47.

I rise not to dwell on his passing, but to suggest that we take a moment to learn a few lessons from his life. 

J.R., as he was affectionately called, lived his life by focusing on the needs of others.

He was a family man.  He cared deeply about his wife Becky and their five children.

He was a community man, helping more area non-profit organizations than I have time to mention.

And, perhaps most important for those of us in Congress, J.R. was a public servant who put the needs of his community and his constituents ahead of politics and partisanship.

J.R. was an equal opportunity listener – and a friend -- to Republicans and Democrats alike.  He knew the importance of cooperation and compromise. Of humor, and humanity. He saw in his fellow public servants the common aspiration to do what is right for the people that we have been elected to represent.

Mr. McBride recognized that we are all in this together and he was committed to working together for the greater good.

That lesson, along with his accomplishments for DuPage County, and his memory, will live on.

Thank you and I yield back.