|00:00:01||SPEAKER. LET ME START OFF REAL QUICKLY BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GARY, INDIANA AND SAY KATIE HALL, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, DIED JUST THIS LAST FEW DAYS FROM AN UNKNOWN ILLNESS AND WAS 73 YEARS OLD AND CAME FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN MISSISSIPPI.|
|00:00:24||GREW UP ON HER FATHER'S COTTON FARM AND WAS A TEACHER FOY MORE THAN 30 YEARS.|
Mr. BURTON of Indiana. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Let me just start off real quickly, before I yield to my colleague from Gary, Indiana, and say that Katie Hall, who was a Member of this body, died just this last few days from an unknown illness. She was 73 years old.
She came from very humble beginnings in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. She grew up on her grandfather's cotton farm, and she was a teacher for more than 30 years. She was a very fine teacher.
She moved, in 1962, to Gary, Indiana, where she became a very good friend of Richard Hatcher, the mayor. When a good friend of mine, Adam Benjamin, who was once a Member of this body, died, Mayor Hatcher appointed her as the nominee of the Democrat Party to succeed him. She also served in the Indiana Senate. I served with her there.
She was a very fine person. During her time in the Congress, she sponsored, along with others, but she was one of the key sponsors, in 1983, of a national holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. She was credited for playing a very key role in getting that bill passed after it had stalled in the House for over 14 years.
Let me just say that she was a great lady and a great Congresswoman, and she will missed. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to her family and her friends.
With that, I will be happy to yield to my colleague, the senior Member from Gary, Indiana.