Today, we celebrate mothers, and their incredible role in our lives. The biological impact they have is pretty amazing – yet mothers go far beyond that. They are our source of comfort, strength, and example. They have “the world’s toughest job.”
The relationship each person has with their mother is personal and individual. This weekend, House Republicans reflected on how mothers have impacted their life.
While cleaning out her home, Mary Jo Morgan Wedgeworth found her daughter’s first grade writing sample – “My mother is pretty.” Now, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) calls her mom “the super volunteer,” recognizing the extraordinary impact her mother had on her as a woman.
“My mother saw the potential in many who had given up on themselves, sometimes driving to crack houses or bars to pull them out and get them back into classes. The stories still come to me as I travel the state…lives touched because one strong woman believed in them… I celebrate Mom’s gift of love to all who came within her sphere of influence. But, I also celebrate mothers everywhere who, through love and belief, get us all on track in life.” -Rep. Steve Pearce (NM)
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) calls his mother “his greatest inspiration.”
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), says his mother was the most influential person in his life. “Not only was Helen Cole the world’s best mom, but she made a lasting impact across Oklahoma through her lifelong political involvement,” he said. “Her practical views and profound insight into the nature of politics still inspire my thinking and serve as motivation each and every day.”
“My mom, Katherine Rice, raised my brother and me as a single parent on a school teacher’s salary,” said Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC). “Mom spent her life with an open door and an open heart, putting everyone else first. Today, and every day, I am thankful for her guidance, support, and –most of all—love.”
“My mom has shaped the trajectory of my life – from childhood to motherhood and everything in between – in a way I can only hope to do for my children one day,” writes House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). “She motivates me, challenges me, and inspires me. But more than anything, she reminds me that there is no greater gift in life than being a mom.” This weekend, Rep. McMorris Rodgers was also able to reflect on what being a mother means for her, in an interview with NPR.
Rep. Steve Womack (R-AK) with his mother, Liz, and wife, Terri.
“This is the first Mother’s Day that my brothers and I will spend without our mom. While we will spend the day with our families remembering our mom, her strong faith and dedication to our family, I hope you take the time to thank your mom for her love and sacrifices. Happy Mother’s Day!” – Rep. Brett Guthrie, Ky-02
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) tells her story about what it means to be a foster mom and mother.
“On this Mother’s Day, I remember my own mom who passed away May 16, 2006. She had a great sense of humor, cooked delicious Hungarian food, and instilled in me the value of hard work as well as the importance of faith in God. I am thankful for my family and miss her every day.” -Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) about his mother said, “I didn’t fully appreciate the sacrifices she made till Cathy and I adopted our sons and started to experience parenthood. I can’t even imagine how she did it by herself and pray that I’m half the parent that Mom was to all of us.”
“Mother’s Day is about celebrating the incredible strength, wisdom and compassion that moms across the country provide. Their dedication knows no bounds, and they serve as teachers, mentors, and our very first role models. No one works harder than a mom, while their patience and wisdom provides us with guidance we rely on throughout our lives. I want to wish a happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom Pat, and to all the mothers across the country who make such a lasting difference in our lives.” – Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-AZ) mother with his son, Gaston.