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Few men have worked as long to serve such a short time, and few Members who served a long time ever did more in a long time than he did in a short time.

The Fourth District of Iowa has lost a constructive and aggressive legislator and though this body has lost his personal affiliation for all time, we have permanently gained from the impression STEVEN CARTER made upon us. Like his family, we have lost from the fact that we can gain no more from his personal association.

To his family, I express my deepest sympathy-our heart goes out to them. May the Lord bless them all.


Remarks by Representative Schwengel

Of Iowa


Mr. SCHWENGEL. Mr. Speaker, I most certainly want to add my words of tribute to this fine gentleman with whom we have had the privilege of serving in this great body. While I did not have the privilege many of you experienced of knowing him over a very long period of time, I did get to know him early after he came to this body and learned to respect and to love him because when it was necessary for him to make a decision he found it possible to see what was right and then took his position on that matter.

Our friend and colleague the gentleman from Iowa [Mr. Jensen] spoke about his tolerance and fairness, and I am sure that we agree with him. I remember one occasion when we were appearing in behalf of an important project in his district and mine and certain statements were made involving another Member of Congress, a member of the other party, one of our colleagues. STEVEN CARTER saw that this was wrong and he took a position then and there to get the record straight even though it concerned a person very high in his party. I cite this to show that he had very deep convictions, and this is one of the reasons I think he was able to make the outstanding record he made even though he served so short a time and under very difficult circumstances. I remember particularly his attitude. Knowing of his condition, like many of you, I went by to pass the time of day almost every day when he was on the floor, and it was refreshing to know that even while in your own heart you felt there was not much chance, yet he had an optimistic attitude about this condition of his, and when inquiry was made about his health, he said: "Well, I believe I am getting along all right, I am going to fight this through; I am getting stronger," and so forth. This optimistic attitude was good, I think, not only for

himself, but also was particularly good for his colleagues. It is something that I learned is a good thing and I hope in the future it may stand me in good stead, as I am sure it will with those who have associated with him in this great body.

I noted, especially in my conversations with him, his interest in worthwhile things.

I was pleased to note at the funeral services, which I attended, that the man in charge-I have forgotten his name called attention to the interest Mr. CARTER had in the Scouts, in the public schools, in the project that meant an improvement for the community, and particularly the youth of the community. This is an outstanding thing to note in a public servant.

Many things could be said about STEVE CARTER that would be an inspiration to all of us. I think it is a good thing for our colleagues from the Sixth District of Iowa [Mr. Coad] to take the floor today and give us this opportunity to pay tribute to him and to have these things spread upon the record of the House.

I, too, join with my many colleagues on both sides of the aisle in extending sympathy to his fine family who will mourn his loss. But it must be an inspiration for them to know and to realize it was a great privilege of theirs, as it was to us, to know this man and to have lived with and under his influence.

There is a statement on a public building in my town which goes something like this, and I think of it when I think of men like STEVE CARTER:

What a man does for himself dies with him. But what a man does for his country, his friends and his Nation, lives forever.

In that sense this man will live, as many others who have gone before him, are living with us today and have their influence.

I join with my colleagues and with his friends, neighbors, and constituents of the First District of Iowa in extending sympathy to his very fine family.

Remarks by Representative Rooney

Of New York

Mr. ROONEY. Mr. Speaker, I am sure that all our hearts were saddened by the tragic passing of our distinguished colleague, the Honorable STEVEN V. CARTER, who died at the Bethesda Naval Hospital on last November 4.

At the time of his passing he represented the Fourth Congressional District of Iowa. His short service in the House of Representatives was under the shadow of the dreaded disease of cancer and much of his time was spent in and out of hospitals. He showed great spunk and courage in his efforts to recover from his severe illness. He impressed me as an able and intelligent legislator and he will be sadly missed by the House of Representatives, the people of his district, the State of Iowa, and the Nation.

His wife and sons have my deepest sympathy in their great loss.

Remarks by Representative Albert

Of Oklahoma

Mr. ALBERT. Mr. Speaker, I join the Iowa delegation in paying this word of tribute to STEVE CARTER. STEVE was a Christian gentleman, he was one of God's noblemen. He was my friend.

Although during the last weeks of his service in this House it was obvious that he was burdened with an affliction from which he would probably never recover, he spread the sunshine of optimism wherever he went. He was a person who never gave up. He was friendly; he was kind; he was courageous; he was considerate, even to those who disagreed with him.

We have lost a fine Member who served with us for only a short time.

I extend my deepest sympathy to his widow and children. May God be with them in their bereavement.

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