FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2019
Contact: Kaleb Harmon
Louisiana Democratic Party Honors Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s Legacy
Baton Rouge, LA – On Sunday, Gov. Kathleen Blanco passed away after a long battle with ocular cancer. She broke barriers as Louisiana’s first female governor, the first female chair of the Public Service Commission, and the first woman elected to represent her hometown of Lafayette.
“Gov. Blanco was a trailblazer – she destroyed glass ceilings, fiercely defended the most vulnerable, and was a true Louisianian at heart who loved her home,” Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the LDP said. “The policies she fought for and the way she treated those around her reflected her values, morals, and love for Louisiana in every way. Whether it was rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina or fighting to invest in our children’s education, she showed unwavering resolve in the face of our state’s biggest struggles. Her strength and compassion inspired me, and I know countless Louisianians and women around the country feel the same. We lost a true champion for our state today, but her legacy and work lives on for generations.”
“I’m devastated to hear about the passing of Gov. Blanco. As governor, she led Louisiana through some of the hardest times in our state’s history with grace, strength, and compassion,” Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party said. “Through her years of public service, she never forgot why she ran for office in the first place: to make the lives of others better. And she did just that. Every Louisianian is better for her time leading our great state.”
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