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Price Remarks Remembering Tim Valentine

November 14, 2015
Price Remarks Remembering Tim Valentine

It was with great sadness that Lisa and I received word last Tuesday of the death of former Representative Tim Valentine.   We extend our condolences and good wishes to his wife Barbara and their family and will be joining them on November 14 for the funeral services in Rocky Mount.                                                                                                                                          

I remember very well when I first met Tim Valentine, in his law office in Nashville.  I had recently returned to North Carolina with my young family and had been tasked with organizing two congressional districts for the Jimmy Carter campaign.   Tim was generous with his time and advice, but I could hardly have imagined how much I would come to appreciate his political wit and wisdom over the years, much less that we would ever serve together in Congress.

Being Tim’s colleague was thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.  He was a judicious, conscientious legislator who worked effectively on the Public Works and Transportation, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committees.  On the latter, he was my mentor, and we frequently collaborated.  Members across the political spectrum valued him as a cooperative, congenial colleague, easy to work with but not afraid to engage in vigorous debate or take a courageous stand when the need arose.

Tim was remarkable for his wit and good humor and his gift for friendship.  I was in awe of his ability to use humor to defuse a tense situation.  He made me look forward to coming to the House floor, where invariably he would have a story to tell or a quip to make that brightened the day—and often cut to the heart of whatever we were dealing with.

Tim, in short, was a treasured friend and colleague.  I am grateful for his life and work personally, and also on behalf of the institution in which we served and the citizens on whose behalf he labored.  Tim was a gracious and generous human being and a dedicated public servant; we are better for his having lived and served among us, and we will miss him greatly.