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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Steve Gleason honored with Congressional Gold Medal for changing lives, history

December 20, 2018
In The News

It took the legislative version of a Hail Mary, but Steve Gleason finally scored his Congressional Gold Medal.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Thursday to honor the former New Orleans Saints standout for his humanitarian efforts in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, making Gleason the first New Orleanian and NFL player to receive the award.

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Patty Murray, D-Wash., John Kennedy, R-La., Maria Cantwell, D. Wash., and U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond, D. La., Steve Scalise, R-La., Ralph Abraham, R. La., and Mike Johnson, R-La., led an 11th-hour rally on Capitol Hill late Wednesday to secure the 290 cosponsors in the House needed to bring the bill for consideration.

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