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Cole Statement on Chairwoman Nita Lowey’s Retirement

October 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Vice Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after Chairwoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) announced last week that she will retire from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this Congress.

“Over the recent district work period, the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York, announced her intention to retire at the end of the current Congress. While I respect her decision, I regret it as well,” said Cole.

“Nita Lowey has served her district, her state and our country with great distinction for decades. She has been a great member of the House and a master appropriator. And as the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee, she has broken barriers and made history.

“While Chairwoman Lowey has always advanced her views and values tirelessly, she has also been willing to work across the aisle and find common ground. Nita is truly a member’s member and an appropriator’s appropriator.

“Nita Lowey has been and is my chairwoman. But more importantly, she is an outstanding public servant and a dear and valued friend. I look forward to working with her in the remaining months of her distinguished career. But the entire House will miss her when she is gone. No one ever served her country, her district and the House better than Chairwoman Lowey,” Cole concluded.