[Congressional Record Volume 156, Number 43 (Sunday, March 21, 2010)]
[Page H2170]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  (Mr. GINGREY of Georgia asked and was given permission to address the 
House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, it's certainly with sadness but 
great, great respect that I announce the retirement of our senior 
Member on the Republican side from Georgia, the Honorable Nathan Deal.
  Nathan Deal, from Sandersville, Georgia, a graduate of Mercer 
University and Mercer School of Law, practiced law for many years in 
Gainesville, Georgia, in Hall County, where he also was an assistant 
  Nathan Deal also was elected to the Georgia General Assembly and 
served in the Georgia Senate for 12 years and rose to the rank of 
Speaker pro tem or President pro tem of the Georgia Senate before being 
elected to the House of Representatives 17\1/2\ years ago.

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  When most of this happened in the House of Representatives, first as 
a Democrat and now proudly as a Republican, Nathan has served on the 
Energy and Commerce Committee, and as all of you know, rose to the rank 
of chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and now ranking member of the 
Subcommittee on Health of the Committee of Energy and Commerce.
  I tell you tonight, again with great sadness, that he will be leaving 
us but only to go back home and work on behalf of all of the citizens 
of the great State of Georgia.
  With that, I would like to yield a little time to the most senior 
member of the Georgia delegation, my friend, the Honorable John Lewis.
  Mr. LEWIS of Georgia. I want to thank my colleague for yielding.
  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join my colleagues in thanking Nathan 
Deal for his many years of service in this House and to the people of 
  Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Let's all give a great round of applause to 
Nathan Deal.