Friday, September 15, 2006

Richardson Statement on Ann Richards

On behalf of the Democratic Governors Association, Governor Richardson issued the following statement upon the death of former Texas Governor Ann Richards:

“The passing of Governor Ann Richards is a loss not only to Texas, but to the nation, and all our thoughts and prayers are with the Richards family.

“A strong voice on civil rights and issues of economic justice, Ann’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention propelled her into national prominence and introduced the country to both her wit and wisdom.

“Governor Richards was also a remarkable public servant known for her wonderful sense of humor and her ability to get things done. As state treasurer and later as governor, she oversaw the revival of the state’s economy – a success story still held up as an example by Democrats and Republicans alike.

“Ann was a trailblazer. As governor, her education reform efforts empowered parents and teachers and brought decision-making back to the local level. And her support of programs to fight substance abuse helped thousands.

“We will all miss Ann. She was a true friend and a great leader. Her innovative ideas, commitment to public service, her desire to help women and working families, and her willingness to speak on behalf of those often without a voice make her a model for the rest of us. She cannot be replaced, and she will not be forgotten.”


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