Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spoke on the House floor in honor of State Senator Betty Little, who will be retiring at the end of her term.

Read her full remarks below and watch them above:


"Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.

I rise today in honor of New York State Senator Betty Little, an extraordinarily dedicated and effective public servant for the North Country, and to congratulate her on her upcoming retirement. 

Betty has dedicated decades of her life to representing the hardworking families of Upstate New York, both during her time in the New York State Assembly and the Senate.

Senator Little first began her career in public service at the local level and served in many capacities while also working as a teacher, before her election to the New York State Assembly in 1995. She was later elected to the State Senate in 2002.

Betty has accomplished countless legislative results over the years - expanding benefits for military families, saving hardworking taxpayer dollars, protecting jobs in the Adirondacks, and always standing up for the people of the North Country. While petite in stature, Betty is truly a Giant among public servants. 

Senator Little sought election to public office as a working mother - a time when this was a lot harder and less in vogue. She quietly shattered innumerable glass ceilings and paved the way for generations of women to come. 

I am proud to call Senator Betty Little a legislative partner, a role model, and a dear friend. I offer Betty my most sincere Congratulations and gratitude, and I wish her and her family all the best in this next chapter. It is my privilege to highlight her accomplishments in the Congressional Record.

Thank you.”