Congress on Verge of Honoring Gabe Zimmerman

Gabe Zimmerman with the Declaration of Independence

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote tomorrow to name a room at the U.S. Capitol in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, the "constituent whisperer" who was slain in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage. The press release from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office:

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to name a room in the Capitol in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, slain aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Zimmerman is the only congressional staff member to be slain in the line of duty.

Some 402 of the 435 members of the House are cosponsors of House Resolution 364, naming room HVC 215 in the Capitol Visitor Center as the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz of Florida, a close friend of Giffords. Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona was the lead Republican co-sponsor.

Numerous members of the House today spoke in support of the bill, with a vote scheduled for tomorrow. Because the room is on the House side of the Capitol, the resolution needs to be approved only by the House to be effective.

There will be a formal dedication of the room in early 2012 when a plaque bearing Zimmerman’s likeness will be unveiled.

“We deeply appreciate this show of support by the House of Representatives,” Ben Zimmerman, Gabe’s younger brother, said today, speaking on behalf of the Zimmerman family. “This is a wonderful way to memorialize my brother, Gabe.