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Recognizing the Retirement of Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association President Jim Runk

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Recognizing the Retirement of Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association President Jim Runk

Congressman Bill Shuster
Congressional Record, 114th Congress
14 July 2016

Hon. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and recognize Jim Runk, President of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA). Jim will be retiring from the PMTA on July 20, 2016, after 44 years of service to the association, the last 25 as its president. As a leading transportation advocate in my home state, Jim’s voice, presence, and thoughtful guidance will be deeply missed, but he leaves behind an indelible mark on the trucking in- dustry of Pennsylvania and the country. Jim began working for the PMTA in 1972 after serving in the U.S. Army, and became the association’s fifth president in 1991. Dur- ing that time, over four decades of service,

Jim and the PMTA have worked on behalf of the Pennsylvania trucking industry, fighting to preserve and strengthen the industry, and pro- tect and promote its jobs. Whether that meant impacting legislation before the Pennsylvania General Assembly, or marching through the halls of Congress to meet with members and staff of the Pennsylvania delegation, Jim and the PMTA’s voices were always respected. Without question, during my time representing the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, and serving as Chairman of the House Trans- portation and Infrastructure Committee, Jim has been the face of trucking and a trusted advisor on the safe and efficient operations of the industry.

Mr. Speaker, it has been a privilege to work with Jim, and I thank him for his decades of service to the PMTA. While he will be truly missed, the Pennsylvania trucking industry will be forever grateful for his tireless leadership and service on their behalf. I wish Jim and his wife Linda the very best in whatever their fu- tures may hold.

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