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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E326-E327]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO



                          HON. DEBBIE DINGELL

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Cynthia Wilbanks, the University of Michigan's Vice President for Government Relations, for receiving the United Way of Washtenaw County's 2017 Woman of the Year Award. Ms. Wilbanks has served Washtenaw County and southeast Michigan with distinction through her involvement in nonprofit and community organizations.

Cynthia Wilbanks has been an effective advocate and leader in southeast Michigan through her work at the University of Michigan and on behalf of the community. While serving as the University's Vice President of Government Relations, Ms. Wilbanks has championed initiatives to strengthen the University community and coordinate the University's policies and responses to federal, state and local legislation. In addition, Ms. Wilbanks serves on the boards of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Riverside Arts Center Foundation, Center for Michigan, and Ann Arbor SPARK, a startup and business incubator. She is also an active member of United Way and served as the University of Michigan United Way's Campaign Chair for four straight years.

Ms. Wilbanks has also distinguished herself through her outstanding record of public service. She has served on the staff of several U.S. Representatives, including working as Rep. Carl Pursell's district director from 1979 through 1992. During her time as a public servant, Ms. Wilbanks was a tireless advocate who fought for policies to benefit southeast Michigan and its residents. Her record of achievement has helped make Michigan a great place to live and work.

Ms. Wilbanks' leadership and hard work have been critical to the growth and success of the University of Michigan as well as the greater southeast Michigan community. As a result of her efforts, Ms. Wilbanks was named one of the 100 most influential women in Metro Detroit by Crain's Detroit Business in 2002 and has also received the Girl Scouts of the Huron Valley Council's Women of Distinction Award. These accolades, in addition to being named Woman of the Year, are a testament to Ms. Wilbanks' record of success and continued activism in the community. It is my hope that Ms. Wilbanks continues to build on these accomplishments in the coming years. [[Page E327]]

Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Cynthia Wilbanks and her tremendous work on behalf of the University of Michigan and the community at large. She has distinguished herself through her outstanding professional and volunteer efforts. ____________________

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