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Miller-Meeks Recognizes Solon’s Erin Kerkhoff

July 26, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, July 26th, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize Solon Paralympian Erin Kerkhoff.



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

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a young woman in my district who has become an inspiration to women and athletes everywhere.

Erin Kerkhoff, a University of Northern Iowa sophomore and track star from Solon High School, earned a position on Team USA for the Paralympics in Tokyo.

Kerkhoff, who has 20/400 vision due to optic-nerve degeneration in both eyes, is ranked fifth in the world in the 400-meter dash after achieving a personal record of 58.23 seconds in the qualifying trials earlier this month, finishing second overall in both the 400- and 100-meter dashes.

The Second District and the State of Iowa are lucky to be represented by stellar athletes like Erin, Thomas Gilman, and Kenny Bednarek competing in this year’s summer Olympics. I could not be prouder to represent these three in Congress. Good luck Erin, Thomas, and Kenny, and bring home the gold!

Thank you and I yield back my time.