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2018 Dome 55.1

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48 THE CAPITOL DOME SOCIETY NEWS AN EVENING HONORING THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE O n May 23, 2018 the United States Capitol Histori- cal Society hosted an evening reception to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the House Com- mittee on Energy and Commerce—the oldest commit- tee in Congress. Current and former members and staff of the committee, along with members of the Society, enjoyed the evening's program in magnificent National Statuary Hall. Before the reception, event donors from the Society joined Chairman Greg Walden, Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr., former Chairmen Fred Upton and John Dingell, and Rep. Debbie Dingell for a meet-and-greet in the Rayburn Room. The Capitol Police Ceremonial Unit presented the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the evening, followed by a toast to the committee given by Chairman of the USCHS Board of Trustees Don Carlson. Walden delivered warm remarks, noting his great appreciation for the staff and their contributions to the incredible work of the Energy and Commerce Committee. With great humor, Pallone told the story of how he finally convinced then-Chairman Dingell to let him onto the committee in 1992. The first of two keynote speakers, former Chair- man Dingell—who holds the record for longest con- gressional service at 59 years, 21 days—was welcomed back with a loud and extended round of applause from the audience. With a large poster of planet Earth to his right, Dingell reminded the room that the commit- tee's jurisdiction is far reaching and that its decisions "have an impact on all of us." The second keynote speaker, former Chairman Upton, shared anecdotes of his friendship with Dingell, including his pride for the many Dingell-Upton and Upton-Dingell bills that passed through the committee and were signed into law as well as their shared hospitality when visiting each other's districts on opposite sides of Michigan. Several posters containing photos of the Energy and Commerce Committee over the years were displayed around the room for the guests to enjoy and reminisce. Current and former staffers were thrilled to spend time and reconnect with colleagues. Energy and Commerce Committee Members with Dingell (seated) and USCHS Board Chairman Don Carlson (right). Former Chairman John Dingell delivers one of the keynote addresses. KATIE GARLOCK/PORTRAITIONS KATIE GARLOCK/PORTRAITIONS The event was made possible through the gen- erous support of these donors: Allergan Amway Chevron Corn Refiners Association Comcast NBCUniversal Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Roche Diagnostics Corporation

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