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Rep. Taylor Recognizes Plano Police Officer Art Parker on House Floor

Congratulates Officer on Successful Public Service Career

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Washington, February 11, 2020 | Anna R. McCormack ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Upon his retirement, Congressman Van Taylor recognizes Plano Police Officer Art Parker for his thirty-four years of dedicated service.
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WASHINGTON - This week, Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) recognized Plano Police Officer Arthur "Art" Parker for his thirty-four years of dedicated service to the Plano, Texas community upon his retirement on the House Floor.

While speaking in the House Chamber, Rep. Taylor stated,"During his tenure as a school resource officer, Art made headlines for his incredible ability to memorize the names of over 20,000 students. In 2015, Officer Parker was the first ever school resource officer to be named as Plano Officer of the Year. This came as no surprise to many inspired by his power to make others feel valued."

Watch Congressman Taylor's full remarks here and read his full statement below.

Transcript of Congressional Record:

Madam Speaker,

Upon his well-deserved retirement this month, I rise today to recognize Plano Police Officer Arthur “Art” Parker on his thirty-four years of dedicated service to the City of Plano, Texas.

During his tenure as a school resource officer, Art made headlines for his incredible ability to memorize the names of over 20,000 students. A true public servant, and man of many talents, Officer Parker was often seen playing extravagant harmonica solos, making balloon animals, and most impressively, making people laugh from their cars while stuck in school traffic.

In 2015, Officer Parker was the first ever school resource officer to be named as Plano Officer of the Year. This came as no surprise to many inspired by his power to make others feel valued.

Officer Parker has made a lasting impact on the Plano community and although he will be missed, we know the future has wonderful things in store for him. I ask my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me in congratulating Officer Art Parker on his successful career and wishing him luck as he begins his next chapter.

I yield back.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Congressman Van Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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