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In Honor of Senator Martha Fuller Clark

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 2, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PAPPAS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor State Senator Martha Fuller Clark, who is retiring from public service after three decades of service to the people of New Hampshire. She has been a fierce advocate for the Seacoast, first serving as a State Representative for 12 years before serving as a State Senator for 12 years.

During our time serving in the state Legislature together, I saw firsthand Senator Fuller Clark's passion, grace, and civility. She is unflaggingly committed to the ideals of public service, always bringing the voices and experiences of those she represents with her to inform her work in Concord. Senator Fuller Clark has also served as a mentor to so many women in public service, both in New Hampshire politics and across the nation through her involvement with the Democratic National Committee.

Throughout her career, Senator Fuller Clark has been a champion for women's rights and equality, always standing up to advocate for reproductive rights and to make all workplaces, including New Hampshire's State House, more accommodating and welcoming. In addition, Senator Fuller Clark has been a leader on energy and environmental issues, putting forth ambitious and durable approaches to put our state on a pathway to a low-carbon future. She has been a stalwart supporter of the arts and historic preservation, and I know her commitment to these issues will continue through her involvement with Strawbery Banke and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

While Senator Fuller Clark may be stepping away from elected office, I know she will continue to serve our community in many ways. On behalf of my constituents in New Hampshire's First Congressional District, I thank Senator Fuller Clark and her family for their decades of dedication to our state. The Granite State is a better place because of the public service of Senator Martha Fuller Clark.