Statement by the Vice President: the Death of Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez (11/29/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: (202) 456-7035
Wednesday, November 29, 2000


     Tipper and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former
Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas.  Throughout his career, Henry was a
champion for those less fortunate. He was a leader in the causes of civil
rights, affordable housing and economic justice for all.  As Chairman of
the House Banking Committee, he helped lead the effort to reform and
strengthen the savings and loan industry.

     Henry was the first Mexican-American from Texas to serve in Congress
and he spent more than four decades in public service.  We will miss Henry
for his leadership, his passion and his sense of fair play for all.  We are
heartened by the fact that his son Charlie, as a member of Congress, will
continue Henry?s endeavors for all Americans.

     Tipper and I offer our prayers to his wife, Bertha, and their

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