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U.S. House members honor the late Rep. Bill Frenzel with floor speeches

Former U.S. Congressman Bill Frenzel, who died Monday at age 86, was remembered in Washington this week with speeches on the House floor.

Frenzel, who represented the western Twin Cities suburbs for ten terms in Congress, was also honored in many publications, including the New York Times and MinnPost, for his accomplishments and demeanor.

On the House floor Wednesday, remembrances came from U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Republican who represents the same western suburban district Frenzel served, as well as Minnesota Democrats Keith Ellison and Rick Nolan, and GOPer Michele Bachmann.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. Kevin Brady, Republican of Texas, also spoke about Frenzel.

Rather than hold a formal public funeral, members of Frenzel’s family were in the House gallery to hear the tributes which can be seen in a 36-minute YouTube video.

And on Monday, at 4 p.m., Economic Studies at Brookings and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget will have a celebration of Frenzel’s life at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Organizers of that event say:

Bill, as was his way, humbly requested that there be no sadness about his passing. Instead, friends and colleagues are invited to toast the man, his many accomplishments, his graciousness and his wit & wisdom. Per his request, there will be “no hand-wringing and no long faces.” You will be invited to share a favorite memory or story, but there is no requirement – your presence is enough.

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