Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, it is my honor and pleasure to
extend my personal congratulations and best wishes to an exceptional
community leader and outstanding citizen, Mrs. Patricia ``Patty''
Parker Cullen, on the occasion of her retirement as the Executive
Director of the River Valley Regional Commission.
A native of Phenix City, Alabama, Patty received both her bachelor's
degree in Home Economics and her master's degree in Community Planning
from Auburn University.
For almost four decades, she has been a well-respected leader in the
community development industry in the Chattahoochee Valley region. She
has built quite an impressive career, which began with her position as
an Economic/Energy Planner for the Lower Chattahoochee Area Planning
and Development Commission. During her extensive tenure in the
community development industry, Patricia has held several leadership
roles within the Lower Chattahoochee Area Planning and Development
Commission, the Lower Chattahoochee Regional Development Center, and
the River Valley Regional Commission. Patty has done a tremendous job
in upholding the highest standards of achievement, service and public
Throughout her career, Patty has served on a number of boards and was
affiliated with several associations including the Advisory Council at
Auburn University; the American Planning Association; the Georgia
Association of Regional Commissions; the Georgia Planning Association;
and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association.
Patty has accomplished much throughout her life, but none of this
would have been possible without the Grace of God and the love and
support of her late husband, George; and her stepdaughter, Sally.
Sir Winston Churchill often said: ``You make your living by what you
get; you make your life by what you give.'' The Lower Chattahoochee
Valley area is a better place because Patty Cullen gave so much to so
many to make our community stronger. As a woman of great integrity, her
efforts, her dedication, and her expertise are unparalleled, but her
heart for helping others utilizing these qualities has made her life's
work truly special.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian; and me,
along with the more than 730,000 citizens of Georgia's Second
Congressional District, in extending our sincerest appreciation and
best wishes to Patricia ``Patty'' Parker Cullen upon the occasion of
her retirement from an outstanding career of public service.
116th Congress