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House tribute to Mike Fitzpatrick

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Former U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick left behind a legacy that members on both sides of the aisle should take to heart. The ceremony to honor him on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 27, was a touching moment for all who were there.

WASHINGTON — Our nation’s capital and the buildings where lawmakers conduct their business aren’t exactly places that would be described as having a lot of love flowing through them.

But even three weeks after his untimely death at age 56, Mike Fitzpatrick still could reach across the aisle.

The House of Representatives on Monday paid tribute to Mike Fitzpatrick with a 10-minute ceremony on the House floor, followed by a reception held by House Minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California.

McCarthy and House Majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, had glowing praise for Fitzpatrick’s life’s work. McCarthy relayed several anecdotes about Fitzpatrick’s accomplishments and told a story of his compassion and........

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