Published December 23 2010
Pomeroy says goodbye to congressional careerWASHINGTON – After 18 years as North Dakota’s lone congressman, Democrat Earl Pomeroy submitted his official goodbye to the U.S. House on Wednesday.
In a 400-word statement, Pomeroy said farewell to Congress, his colleagues and his staff. The official remarks will be added to the Congressional Record, although Pomeroy didn’t speak on the House floor.
Pomeroy’s words emphasized optimism for the future, echoing the recent farewell from retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan.
“The United States Capitol is the icon of democracy known throughout the world. In this historic place, sometimes in the darkest hour, leaders here assembled have set the course to see us through,” Pomeroy said. “If the American people exhibit the best aspects of their nature – courage, compassion, strength, resolve, community – the leaders in the chamber will deliver accordingly.”
Pomeroy also thanked North Dakotans for electing him to nine terms.
“I will always treasure the time I had here,” he said. “I won some, I lost some, but I tried my best to reflect the concerns of those I represented, as well as the genuine goodness of the folks who call North Dakota home.”
In the toughest political battle of his career, Pomeroy lost this year to Fargo Republican Rick Berg, who begins his first term in Congress on Jan. 5.