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Second Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. R98­0922.01 CUB


BY REPRESENTATIVES Schauer, Agler, Allen, Anderson, Arrington, Grampsas, Kreutz, McPherson, Pankey, Pfiffner, Sullivant, Tucker, and S. Williams;

also SENATORS Hopper, Blickensderfer, Coffman, Feeley, Lacy, Mutzebaugh, Perlmutter, Schroeder, and Weddig.


WHEREAS, 1998 marks Daniel L. Schaefer's twenty­fifth year of dedicated public service to the state of Colorado; and

WHEREAS, Dan Schaefer served in the Colorado State House of Representatives from 1977 to 1978 and in the Colorado State Senate from 1979 to 1983; and

WHEREAS, As a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, Representative Dan Schaefer held the position of vice­chairman of the House Rules Committee and served as a member of the Transportation, Appropriations, and Energy Committees; and

WHEREAS, As a member of the Colorado Senate, Senator Dan Schaefer served as vice­chairman of the State Affairs Committee and served as a member of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy, and Transportation Committees; and

WHEREAS, In 1983, Daniel L. Schaefer was elected to represent Colorado's Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, replacing Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer made his move to Washington, D.C. with two major goals in mind: To ensure domestic tranquility against the Cold War and to relieve future generations of the burden of decades of deficit­financed federal spending; and

WHEREAS, As a member of Congress, Representative Dan Schaefer co­chaired Congressional Leaders United for a Balanced Budget and authored the 1995 Balanced Budget amendment to the United States Constitution, which made major gains in the House of Representatives, receiving a two­thirds vote on the House floor only to be killed by the Senate; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer, in each of his fifteen years in Congress, sponsored the Balanced Budget Amendment Act to restore fiscal stability to our nation; and

WHEREAS, In order to provide tax fairness and justice to the citizens of Colorado and the United States, Representative Dan Schaefer sponsored the National Retail Sales Tax that would eliminate the national income tax; and

WHEREAS, During his fifteen years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Dan Schaefer, in recognition of Colorado's rapid population growth, steadfastly safeguarded the transportation interests of both his constituents and the residents of Colorado by obtaining funding for the construction of highway C­470, the Southwest Light Rail Corridor, the Highway 73 and 74 Intersection, the I­225/Iliff Avenue Interchange, the C­470/I­70 Interchange, and rail grade separations and by sponsoring the legislative language authorizing the Mineral Avenue crossing; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer opened and extended to the young people of his district every congressional opportunity available to youth such as the Academy Nominations, the "Artistic Discovery" high school art competition, and the Congressional Awards program; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer, ever mindful of Colorado's great and unique environment, sponsored and obtained passage of the Federal Facility Compliance Act, the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Hazardous Material Clean­up Act, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Withdrawal Amendment Act (expediting its opening), and he established the first Congressional Renewable Energy Caucus; and

WHEREAS, Although a devoted Republican, Representative Dan Schaefer has dedicated himself to fostering positive, bipartisan problem­solving efforts among all the members of Congress by establishing such organizations as the House Renewable Energy Caucus, the House Trails Caucus, and the Mainstream Conservative Alliance; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer assured his constituents of constant accessibility to his office by establishing citizen advisory committees on issues pertaining to senior citizens, veterans, education, and small business; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer has been an active participant in the Western Caucus, the Small Business Survival Caucus, the Congressional Oil and Gas Forum, the Speaker's Environmental Task Force, and the Congressional Grace Caucus; and

WHEREAS, Locally, Representative Dan Schaefer is a member of the Drug Prevention Task Force for JeffCo Schools, the Littleton Business Association, the future Fitzsimons Initiative, and the Chambers of Commerce for Aurora, Englewood, Evergreen, Conifer, Golden, South Metro, and The West; and

WHEREAS, Representative Dan Schaefer's many achievements and accomplishments have been acknowledged by many groups through the granting of many prestigious awards including: An Honorary Doctor of Laws from Niagara University, the "Taxpayers' Friend" Award from the National Taxpayers' Union, U.S. Geothermal Energy Industry's 1996 "Person of the Year", Colorado United Veterans Committee's "Congressman of the Year", and the "Spirit of Enterprise" Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to name a few; and

WHEREAS, This last January, Representative Dan Schaefer formally announced that he has decided not to seek reelection to Congress, marking the closing of a chapter in an accomplished career of local, state, and federal public service; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty­first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:

That, with the retirement of Daniel L. Schaefer from the United States Congress, the citizens of the State of Colorado, and especially the citizens of the Sixth Congressional District, will be losing a great and dedicated public servant who has worked hard and selflessly provided his services in the public sector.

Be It Further Resolved, That it is with great pride and admiration that we, the members of the Colorado General Assembly, pay honor and respect to Daniel L. Schaefer, a man of principle and integrity who has given of himself in order to enhance the lives of the citizens of the State of Colorado.

Be It Further Resolved, That we, the members of the General Assembly, on behalf of the entire State of Colorado, extend our most heartfelt thanks to Daniel L. Schaefer for all his years of devoted public service.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be sent to Daniel L. Schaefer and his wife Mary, his children Danny, Darren, Joel, and Jennifer, and to the Congressional delegation from the State of Colorado.

Created: 4/16/98 Updated: 4/16/98