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Offered January 24, 2005
Commending Elizabeth A. Duke.

Patrons-- Purkey, Cosgrove, Gear, Howell, A.T., McDonnell, Suit, Tata, Wardrup and Welch; Senators: Quayle, Rerras, Stolle and Wagner

WHEREAS, Elizabeth A. Duke of Virginia Beach has reached the highest level in her chosen industry, which few women, regardless of abilities, attain; and

WHEREAS, Elizabeth A. Duke has broken the "glass ceiling," rising to chief executive officer of the Bank of Tidewater; and

WHEREAS, Elizabeth Duke's talent has been recognized within the banking industry, which chose her to teach in various banking schools, including the VBA School of Bank Management, Stonier, and the Consumer Bankers School; and

WHEREAS, Elizabeth Duke served in numerous capacities in her industry, most recently a term on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; and

WHEREAS, in 1999-2000, the Virginia Bankers Association bestowed upon Elizabeth Duke its highest honor by electing her its president, the first woman to be so honored in the 107-year history of the association; and

WHEREAS, in 2004 Elizabeth Duke reached the pinnacle of her industry, becoming the first woman in the 129-year history of the American Bankers Association to be tapped as the chief elected officer of the banking industry's national trade association; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend Elizabeth A. Duke on her career achievements and for providing an exceptional role model for women in the banking industry, in Virginia, and nationwide; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Elizabeth A. Duke as an expression of the General Assembly's congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

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