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June 10, 2015
Press Release

"I wish to congratulate and thank Dr. James Billington upon completion of his 42 years of distinguished public service, culminating in 28 years as the 13th Librarian of Congress. He presided over a doubling of the Library’s holdings and a major enhancement of the Library’s role in American cultural life.

"As a member of Congress and a leader of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), I have particularly appreciated Dr. Billington’s application of his background as a scholar of Russia and his extensive international experience to the establishment of the Open World Leadership Center, a unique legislative branch initiative that has bought some 24,000 young leaders from post-Soviet states to the U.S. for intensive exposure to our people and community life. The Library and the Congressional Research Service have also been invaluable in HDP’s outreach to parliaments in democratizing countries, helping build their staff, research, and IT capabilities."