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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 9, 2013 09:31 AM
From: Representative Mark M. Gillen
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution honoring the life and service of Margaret Thatcher
Next week I will be introducing a resolution honoring the life and service of Margaret Thatcher, who passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013.

This resolution will honor the first woman to serve as Britain’s prime minister, a position she filled for 11 years beginning in 1979. Nicknamed the “Iron Lady” by a Soviet journalist for her uncompromising politics and leadership style, Mrs. Thatcher is widely considered to have reshaped Britain’s policies and transformed the country’s economy.

As the daughter of a grocer, she was a chemist prior to being elected a Member of Parliament. During her tenure as Prime Minister, she formed a close relationship with President Ronald Reagan, but also earned the respect of Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

Despite drawing equally ardent praise and opposition for her leadership of Britain, Mrs. Thatcher leaves an enduring legacy of a determined and forceful stateswoman and an articulate defender of freedom. Please join me in honoring a great American friend and British patriot.

Introduced as HR246