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February 9, 2018
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Passing of Ray Baum

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to today's passing of Ray Baum, House Energy and Commerce Committee staff director and former NAB vice president of Government Affairs, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

All of us at NAB mourn the passing of Ray Baum. In the time he spent working at NAB, he was to everyone a daily delight. We will miss his everyday greeting 'its nice to have you out today!' His zest for life, his creative legislative mind, his infectious humor, his love for others, and his determined work ethic as he battled cancer, these were an inspiration to all.

I have known Ray Baum for as long as I have memory. What I observed about him unfailingly was his constant devotion to Kristine and his children, the determined discharge of his duty to God and Country, his Good Samaritan heart for neighbor and humankind. It is easy to envy another for what he has. I envy Ray for the man he became. God bless you, my faithful friend.

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