Jan. 8 victim Zimmerman honored in D.C.Posted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's rare for rooms at the Capitol Complex to be named after anyone, other than well-known leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
But a Tucson congressional aide killed on January 8 receives the same honors from Congress.
Gabe Zimmerman was the first congressional staffer ever to be murdered while working. Congress is now honoring his memory.
"It is with that eye toward history that we gather together today to announce today we'll be introducing a resolution to name this room HVC 215 as the Gabe Zimmerman room," said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz during a press conference.
The room is located in the basement of the capitol visitor's center and is often used by democrats for meetings.
Congressman David Schweikert from Arizona says its important to honor the work of congressional aides.
"For many of us, these are much more than employees or people work with. These are the people who look out for us, who advocate for our constituents, who solve problems," said Schweikert.
Zimmerman's brother Ben had trouble finding the words to describe the loss of his sibling.
"Gabe's life was cut tragically short. But what he taught me in that short time is that small acts of kindness can make a tremendous difference," said Ben Zimmerman.
Gabe's mother Emily Nottingham is proud of the significance the room will have.
"That concept, that goal, which is a cornerstone of our democracy, can be remembered in this room along with an idealistic young man who died trying to carry it out," said Emily Nottingham.
"So today we properly memorialize Gabe Zimmerman and we honor the staff in the Capitol and around the country for their dedication in making the world a better place. That's what this room will symbolize from here on out, forevermore," said Representative Schultz.
The House must pass the resolution in order for the naming of the room to take effect.
The resolution is attached to a funding bill that will head to the House floor this week.