Rep. Chip Roy Tribute To Joyce Sibley

January 31, 2019
Press Release

Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to one of Texas’s longest tenured and most respected staffers, Mrs. Joyce Sibley of Austin. For 32 years, Joyce has served the United States Senate. During that time, Joyce earned a reputation as a problem solver who always went the extra mile for those she served. 

Joyce’s resume stands among the most impressive in modem Texas history. She began working in government in 1971 by answering phones for Senator John Tower’s Austin office. She later went on to work for Governor Bill Clements, Governor George W. Bush, and the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison. 

There are countless stories demonstrating her willingness to go above and beyond for Texans facing difficult challenges at home and abroad. During my tenure as Chief of Staff for Senator TED CRUZ, I had the good fortune of witnessing Joyce’s invaluable expertise. It is often difficult to deal with the bureaucracy of the Federal Government, but Joyce brought confidence and a tenacious attitude to our team, and made tedious work look easy. 

Of all the people with whom I have worked in my career, none surpass Joyce with regard to her servant’s heart, her grace, and her humility. She was the kind of colleague you could count on to support the Senator, myself, and all the staff. She called to offer support when you needed it—personally or professionally. She truly was one of the best in the business. 

She will now have more time to do the things she loves. We happen to share a love of blues and outlaw country that is unique to Austin’s storied music scene—from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan to James Cotton. I am certain retirement will be filled with many live shows in Austin, where I look forward to celebrating the next chapter in your life. 

Again, I want to congratulate Joyce on her decades of service and extend my sincere, heartfelt thanks for the dedication and skill she has brought to the people of Texas. Without question, she will have a long-lasting impact on the State of Texas and Congressional staff for years to come. 

Joyce is a blessing to all who know her and while I am sad to see her leave this post of 
service, I know the Lord has much more in store for that great heart of hers. Godspeed, my friend.