Congresswoman Wilson's Statement on the Passing of Sally RideMonday July 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) issued the following statement on the passing of Sally Ride:
“It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of space pioneer Sally K. Ride. As the first American woman in space, Sally inspired a generation of young women to reach for the stars. I remember watching on TV on June 18, 1983 when Sally made history, and many students pursued careers in the sciences because of her. As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, it is my mission to continue to advance STEM education and space exploration. I hope that Congress uses Sally’s memory to continue dedicating our country toward the research that was near and dear to her heart.”
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a first-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward Counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.