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HONORING THE LIFE OF DR. BEN CLAYBURGH
(House of Representatives - February 14, 2013)

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                 HONORING THE LIFE OF DR. BEN CLAYBURGH

  (Mr. CRAMER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute.)
  Mr. CRAMER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the legacy 
of a treasured North Dakotan who touched the lives of his wonderful 
family and all who knew him. Dr. Ben Clayburgh left this world for a 
better place on January 21, my birthday.
  Ben earned many titles during his life. He was a surgeon, a U.S. Army 
private, a professor, and a passionate political leader. But above all, 
he was a

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healer and a diplomat who inspired those around him.
  Grand Forks, North Dakota, will always remember Ben Clayburgh. After 
serving his country in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon, he 
established himself in Grand Forks as a trusted man in medicine and 
politics, two of his greatest passions.
  He served as North Dakota's Republican National Committeeman for 12 
years and, in 2004, was honored in becoming the Presidential elector 
for George W. Bush. His picture hangs in the Hall of Fame at the Ronald 
Reagan Center in Bismarck, and the memory of his tremendous character 
will always be in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
  May God bless Ben's memory, his wife, Bev, and the Clayburgh family, 
his greatest legacy.

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