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Watch: House Republican offers a touching tribute to his wife on the House floor


Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Tuesday wished his wife a happy 19th wedding anniversary from the House floor, in a speech that's a clinic on how to pull off a public display of affection.

"For the first time in 19 years, I was unable to wake up and wish my wife Shannon a happy anniversary in person," Davis said. "So Mr. Speaker, I stand here on the floor of the House today to do just that.

"Shannon, you are not only my best friend, my rock, and my biggest supporter, you're the reason why I have this privilege of standing here in this great institution to serve the 13th district of Illinois."

Davis recounted how his wife faced a battle with cancer and won.

"You stared down that battlefield and you beat it, and what you may not know is, the strength that you showed at that time is a strength that's an inspiration to not only me, but to our three children and to so many of us that know you," he said.

"So Shannon, today, on our 19th anniversary, I stand here today to wish you the happiest of happy anniversaries, and I hope to be home soon this weekend to celebrate in person with you," he concluded.

"Mr. Speaker, I'd be remiss if I didn't say, 'I love you Shannon' before I yielded back."

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