Logan's America's Got Talent Sinatra Crooner Applauded on The Hill

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Extolling the talent, determination, and faith of Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today expressed his congratulations to the Logan native, who last night was announced the winner of the television competition, “America’s Got Talent.”


“Today, I join with my friends in Logan County and throughout West Virginia in congratulating Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., on his accomplishment,” said Rahall. “There was never a doubt in my mind that he would stand above his competition, and I am proud that America agreed.”

“Landau’s journey exemplifies the spirit of West Virginians, and is a true American success story. He worked hard, battled obstacles, never lost faith in his Lord, and stood firm in his determination to fulfill his dream. I know that he remains as humble today as he was when he first took the stage at the Logan County Arts and Crafts Fair annual talent show some years ago. What he has accomplished stands as an example to every young person throughout this great Nation: set your goals high, believe in your dreams, and work hard to get there.”

“I commend the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, the Hatfield and McCoy Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and Diana Barnette and all the fine folks at Fountainplace Cinema 8.  West Virginians are always there to help our own, and the support these organizations and many individuals rallied for our hometown hero was phenomenal. As Landau said on his first night of competition,Logan may be a small place, but it has a big heart.’”

“I send my very best to Landau, his lovely wife Jennifer, and all their family as they begin this new and exciting journey in their lives.”

Rahall recognized Murphy’s accomplishment with remarks entered today in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Congressional Record:

Remarks of U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.)

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

America’s Got Talent Winner

September 15, 201

Mr. Speaker,

America has voted.  The Nation voted for a winning combination of humility, hard work, life-long dream, and finely tuned talent. Today, I join with my friends in Logan County and all throughout West Virginia in congratulating Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., this year’s winner of NBC Television’s “America Got Talent.

Landau’s journey is a true American success story. Coming from humble beginnings, he worked hard, never lost faith in his Lord, and always remained determined to pursue his dream.

I believe what Landau accomplished last night should stand as an example to every young person throughout this great Nation. He has shown them that they should always set their goals high and work until they get there, and indeed, if you should take some blows, just let the record show, you did it your way.

I send my very best to Landau, his lovely wife, Jennifer, and their family as they begin this new and exciting journey in their lives. I know that Landau remains as humble today as he was when he first took the stage at the Logan County Arts and Crafts Fair’s annual talent show some years ago.

I would like to commend the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, the Hatfield and McCoy Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and Diana Barnette and all the fine folks at Fountainplace Cinema 8 in Logan for their support of our hometown hero. As we always have in West Virginia, we stand behind and support our own, and the work these organizations and individuals have done is phenomenal. Undoubtedly, their efforts were instrumental in Landau’s victory.

Mr. Murphy accepted his victory with the hugs and “high fives” of his competitors, the hallmark of good sportsmanship.  Throughout the weeks of competition he often spoke of his respect and compassion for, and friendship with, his opponents – a timely lesson for us all.

I hope my colleagues will congratulate all those whose talent carried them to the final weeks of a long competition.  And, I thank America for recognizing a true talent in this fine son of West Virginia.  Thankfully, we will be hearing a lot more from Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., for many more years to come.

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