(Extensions of Remarks - September 26, 2017)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1272]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                          HON. NORMA J. TORRES

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  Mrs. TORRES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a long-time resident 
of my district, Dorothy Shelton, as she celebrates 100 years of love, 
life and dedicated service to her community.
  On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, Pomona resident Dorothy Shelton will 
celebrate her 100th birthday. Ms Shelton has resided in my home 
district for the last 13 years where she lives with her daughter Sonya 
Muhammad We are lucky to have someone like Ms. Shelton in California's 
35th district.
  Ms. Shelton was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where in 1942 
she began what would begin a lifelong career in public service by 
working for the Internal Revenue Service. During her time there, she 
worked in the Special Procedures section of the Collection Department. 
Ms. Shelton oversaw liens, levies, and the acquisition of personal 
  After 24 years of dedicated service in the IRS, Ms. Shelton went on 
to perform the same level of service for the Bureau of Alcohol, 
Tobacco, and Firearms in 1966. Once there, she worked with a team of 
investigators who confiscated illegal firearms and enforced federal 
laws regarding the illegal possession and sales of alcohol and tobacco.
  Mr. Speaker, Dorothy's dedication extends far beyond her government 
service. Ms Shelton has always been a community advocate and has 
belonged to numerous community organizations and social service 
agencies. She once supervised a housing program funded by the City of 
Chicago, where she helped secure housing for low-income families in the 
region. Ms. Shelton was also the first African American president for 
the National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 94, from 1966 to her 
retirement in 1981.
  She retired with 38 years of service to the government. She is loved 
by her daughter, two grandsons and their wives, and six great-
grandchildren. Dorothy Shelton is indeed Pomona's national treasure.
  For her endless dedication to her family and her community, and for 
being an example of love and kindness, I would like to recognize Ms. 
Shelton for such a monumental feat, and wish her a very Happy Birthday 
on the House floor today.