WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLNE) -- While Washington says goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush, so too is Rhode Island Congressman, Jim Langevin.

On Tuesday, the congressman reflected on his own success in the political world, a success that may not have been met, if it weren't for former President Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Langevin was in the room, when the 41st President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and credits his current position as a Representative to that law.

"He reached out across party lines and he brought together people from different political backgrounds and people both in and out of politics,” said Langevin.

 “They forged together the real civil rights law of our time that made a profound difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”

Langevin was injured at the age of 16 while working at the Warwick Police Department in their Explorer Program, when a gun accidentally discharged and left him paralyzed.

He later went on to become the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Langevin says he told former President Bush in 2008, that he may not have been elected to congress if it weren’t for the President signing the ADA into law.

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