Congressman Cook Honors Builder, Racer, and Entrepreneur Jessi Combs

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– On Saturday, Congressman Paul Cook attended the Jessi Combs Tribute Exhibit Opening & Celebration of Life.

He presented the following Congressional Record to honor her life, career, and the impact she made for a generation of female trailblazers:

“Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life and accomplishments of Jessi Combs, who passed away on August 27, 2019 from injuries sustained during a land speed record attempt.

“Jessi was born in Rockerville, South Dakota on July 27, 1980. After graduating from High School, Combs established a career in metal fabrication, and graduated from the Collision & Refinishing Core Program at WyoTech in 2004. Her unique blend of technical and personal skills led to her rapid career growth, and she frequently appeared on television shows showcasing different aspects of the automotive industry. This included serving as host of Mythbusters and Xtreme 4×4.

“As a competitor, Jessi was fierce and unrivaled. She competed in the Baja 1000, the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, and was the first woman to place at Ultra4’s King of the Hammers. In 2016 she followed up her earlier King of the Hammers success by finishing first in the 2016 Smittybilt Everyman Challenge Modified Class. In 2013, Combs successfully set the women’s land speed record at the Alvord Desert in Oregon, holding a record of 398 mph with a top speed of 483.227 mph.

“Jessi was an incredible person who was taken from this Earth far too soon. My condolences are with her family, friends, and the entire automotive industry as they continue to mourn her loss.”

Jessi Combs was a talented builder, racer, and entrepreneur, who broke stereotypes to inspire and empower women in her industry. The Special Exhibition “Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed” showcases her notable accomplishments in creating programs and safe spaces that encourage women’s education and dialogue in the industrial arts.

The exhibit will be open at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California until Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM. For more information, please visit https://www.petersen.org/events/jessi.

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