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Congressman Higgins Commemorates Life of Jim Molloy in Tribute on House Floor
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) celebrated the life of James T. Molloy, a South Buffalo resident who served as House of Representatives Doorkeeper, in a speech delivered July 27 on the House floor. 

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the memory of James T. Molloy.  Many in Washington know Jim as the former, and last, Doorkeeper of the House.  Western New Yorkers know Jim as proud, third generation Irish-American and a proud career public servant.

Jim was born on June 3, 1936.  He was raised in South Buffalo and paid his way through Canisius College.  He developed his strong work ethic in the grain elevators on the waterfront and as a member of the City’s Fire Department.  He also worked as a schoolteacher for the City of Buffalo and the City of Lackawanna. 

Jim came to Washington, DC in 1968 at the invitation of Congressman John Rooney.  He managed the House Finance Office until 1974 when he was elected Doorkeeper of the House.  He held this position until the position was eliminated in 1995.

As the last Doorkeeper of the House, Jim was a member of an elite group.  Only 34 people have served in this position in our 215 year history.  He oversaw more than 400 employees and administered a budget of 6.8 million dollars.  He introduced Presidents and heads of state and coordinated 71 joint sessions of Congress.

Regrettably, I did not have the honor of serving in the House of Representatives during Jim’s tenure.  But he was a friend and an endless source of help and advice.  I have long been inspired in my own service by his strong commitment to this institution.  

In fact, numerous Western New Yorkers were inspired to consider political careers thanks to Jim Molloy.  It was well-known that Jim had a particular affection for helping Western New Yorkers visiting Capitol Hill and young Buffalonians looking for work in our nation’s Capitol. 

Jim was recognized on numerous occasions for his service.  He received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the New York State AFL-CIO, the President’s Award from the New York State Federation of Police, and the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award.  He received an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Canisius College and was named the Congressional Staffer of the Year Award by Roll Call.

In 2005, I was proud sponsor of legislation that was signed into law naming a post office on South Park Avenue, in our shared neighborhood of South Buffalo, after James T. Molloy.

The loss of Jim Molloy will be felt for many years to come by all who knew him.  At this time, Mr. Speaker, I ask for a moment of silence in honor of a servant of this institution, Jim Molloy.

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