Rep. Blum Announces Recipient Of Papal Gallery Seat
Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced that Max Ortner of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Waterloo has been selected to travel to Washington as his special guest for the address of Pope Francis to Congress. “Mr. Ortner has been a dedicated and selfless volunteer for Blessed Sacrament and the community for decades, and is a wonderful example of the difference one caring person can make. I am honored to have him as my special guest for the Pope’s address to Congress,” said Congressman Blum.
Congressman Blum worked with First District parishes to identify a lay person who exemplifies a lifetime of true service and selfless dedication within the Catholic Church to receive the Congressman's ticket to sit in the House gallery for the Papal address. Each parish was given the opportunity to nominate individuals, and the names received were entered into a drawing for the gallery ticket. Congressman Blum is personally paying for the travel expenses of Mr. Ortner to ensure that there are no barriers for him to attend.
Background: Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier - Some Iowa delegates distributing tickets for papal visit
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.