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Miller-Meeks Recognizes Bettendorf's Joe Stewart and the Quad Cities Bicycle Club

September 23, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, September 23rd, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize Joe Stewart of Bettendorf and the Quad Cities Bicycle Club.



To watch Miller-Meeks’ speech, click HERE, and read her remarks as prepared for delivery below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share an Iowa nice story about looking out for one of our own.

Joe Stewart, a resident of Bettendorf in Scott County, relied on his bicycle for years to make his three-mile round-trip commute to work every day, but after his bike broke, the time of his daily commute would double. For over a month after losing his only means of transportation, Joe would walk in between the highway and railroad tracks to make it to work, not missing a single day of work.  This is when Quad Cities Bicycle Club member Kathy Storm noticed Joe walking “with a big smile on his face” despite his circumstances.

The Quad Cities Bicycle Club is known for their generosity, with members donating bikes to share their love of cycling with other members of the community. After talking, Kathy learned of Joe’s situation and later showed up to his place of employment with a big surprise: a new bike that was donated to the club. It’s stories like these that make us smile and inspire others to help their own neighbors.

Thank you, I yield back my time.