Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez introduces resolution to declare ‘National Lineman Appreciation Day’


In recognition of the 115,000 linemen tasked with maintaining the country’s electrical infrastructure, Third Congressional District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Washougal, introduced a bipartisan resolution declaring April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

“As folks across Southwest Washington experienced heavy snow and ice storms this past winter, skilled linemen were called out to fix outages to keep us safe and warm,” Gluesenkamp Perez said in a statement. “Recognizing lineworkers’ bravery in dangerous conditions on behalf of their communities is how we continue to build bipartisan support for their work and elevate the trades in Congress.”

The resolution was introduced by fellow lawmaker Rep. David Rouzer, R-North Carolina, and cosponsored by 26 members of Congress. According to the lawmakers, the resolution recognized lawmakers for their work ensuring “Americans can turn on their lights, run their businesses, and connect with loved ones.”

"When natural disasters hit Southeastern North Carolina, it’s the brave lineworkers who operate in dangerous conditions to safely restore power and build our communities back as quickly as possible," Rouzer said in a statement. "These hard-working men and women deserve our thanks for navigating any obstacle with skill and determination to keep the lights on in communities across the country."