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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House Floor today to remember Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. He highlighted the kindness that motivated his 20 years in public service, and his willingness to cross party lines.  “He turned the toughest moments in his personal life and career into examples of courage, grit, and grace,” McCarthy said.

Highlights are below, or watch online here.

“Mike was a public servant in the best sense of the word – a tireless champion who loved his community and always worked to improve the lives of his neighbors…

“…for Mike, politics wasn’t a career, but public service was a never-ending commitment – a passion to do good that was rooted in values like patriotism and faith and was shaped by his upbringing in Levittown…

“…he believed the measure of a person went beyond their partisan label. His bipartisan spirit has united this body many times before and it is uniting us once again today, even in one of the most divided times in recent memory…

“…he was faithful and he was honest. He lived with integrity and honor…

“…and most importantly, he never shied away from asking, in the words of the old prayer, ‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace.'”