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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Lilburn Pastor Serves as Guest Chaplain for U.S. House

June 20, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) hosted the Reverend Doctor Richard Benjamin Haynes as Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  Dr. Haynes has served the congregation of Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia, for the past twenty-three years.  Dr. Haynes also serves on the Gwinnett County Board of Education’s Advisory Board.

“It was a pleasure to host Dr. Haynes up here in Washington, D.C.  The spirit and life Dr. Haynes brings to his calling as a pastor can be felt by anyone who meets him.  I’m honored to share a beacon of light from the Seventh District of Georgia with the entire U.S. House of Representatives.  I thank Dr. Haynes for the good work he has done, and will continue to do, on behalf of his congregation in Georgia.  I appreciate his willingness to come and share with us up here in Washington,” Woodall said.

As Guest Chaplain, Dr. Haynes delivered the morning invocation on the House Floor and then met with Speaker of the House John Boehner and Representative Woodall in the U.S. Capitol.  Speaker Boehner presented a certificate honoring Dr. Haynes as a Guest Chaplain and the two were photographed in the Speaker’s Ceremonial Office.

Following Dr. Haynes’ invocation, Representative Woodall led the Pledge of Allegiance and then delivered a brief speech of welcome for Dr. Haynes. 

A clip of Dr. Haynes’ invocation and Rep. Woodall’s introduction is available by clicking here.