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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement from the President on the Retirement of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy

As a representative of the people of New York in the U.S. Congress, Carolyn McCarthy has earned a reputation for principled and compassionate leadership.  In particular, she’s been at the forefront of the issue that brought her to Washington seventeen years ago:  reducing and preventing gun violence.   She was also instrumental in the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act to prevent future financial crises and has been a leading advocate for improving education, especially college affordability.  Like many across the nation, Michelle and I admire Carolyn’s determination and personal strength.  We thank her for her service, and send her and her family our warmest regards.