Gibson: Serving NY-20 a ‘distinct honor’

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, has bid farewell to the 20th Congressional District he’s represented since 2010.

The district, which became the 19th and shifted to a downstate region in the Hudson Valley on Wednesday after legislative redistricting last year, used to include Keene and Lake Placid. Gibson first won the seat two years ago after defeating incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy, and earned a second term when he bested Democrat Julian Schreibman in the 2012 election.

“For the past two years, I have had the distinct honor of representing the 20th District in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Gibson said in a statement emailed to the Enterprise on Friday. “My family and I will always cherish the many friendships we have formed and will deeply miss our regular visits as we transition to the new 19th District.”

Gibson worked closely with U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, to bring the House Agriculture Committee to North Country Community College’s Saranac Lake campus last March for a hearing on the proposed 2012 Farm Bill. He also joined forces with local and state officials to help send aid and other resources to victims of Tropical Storm Irene in Keene.

“Together, we’ve had the opportunity to make a difference,” Gibson said. “From partnering with residents and local officials following Hurricane Irene, to gaining valuable input from meetings with our local farmers and business leaders, to working closely with our Veterans groups, we’ve made real progress.

“Our symposium on expanding broadband access connected local officials, providers, and innovators in ways that are having a positive impact on local communities and our all-day forum on Lyme Disease raised awareness and understanding about improved diagnosis and treatment of tickborne illnesses.”

Gibson said the initiatives he supported were successful because they were led by “concerned and involved citizens.

“I appreciate the opportunity to represent the 20th District in Congress and please know I will remain a steadfast ally and advocate for our region in Washington,” he said.