Pa. leaders comment on death of Lt. Gov. Knoll

November 12, 2008 7:04:40 PM PST
Reaction from Pennsylvania leaders on Catherine Baker Knoll, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, who died Wednesday night at 78: "Even as she fought cancer in recent months, she remained upbeat and dedicated to serving the commonwealth. Catherine was a very passionate and exuberant advocate for many worthy causes. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the many people whose lives she touched." - Gov. Ed Rendell.

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"Pennsylvania has lost a dedicated public servant who served our Commonwealth with distinction as State Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor. Catherine's life was one of service and sacrifice, courage and commitment to the common good. She will be remembered for generations because of her work in creating the Tuition Account Program which has made it possible for tens of thousands of young people to attend college." - U.S. Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa.

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"She would travel anywhere, any time to represent the state, and would do it with honor and dignity and pride. ... If there is a Heaven and Hell, then when she passed away she went straight to Heaven." - Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow, D-Lackawanna.

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"She was a tremendous leader for the commonwealth and embodied the type of character expected of true, effective public servants. Her passion and commitment to bettering the lives of Pennsylvanians will be sorely missed, as it was certainly a staple of her public service." - Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson.

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"Our Commonwealth is saying goodbye to a true pioneer, and all those who knew Catherine feel a profound sense of loss this evening. Catherine was a trailblazer among female elected officials and her love for the Commonwealth transcended generations." - House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, D-Greene.

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"Lt. Governor Knoll was a courageous fighter who knew how to put her best foot forward always, regardless of the circumstances. Serving our Commonwealth with dedication and determination, she was always able to hold her head high. Lt. Governor Knoll's presence will be missed in Harrisburg." - Senate Minority Leader Sam Smith, R-Jefferson.

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"Her strength and character were plain for all to see and she touched generations of Pennsylvanians. ... She was a plain-spoken, genuine person and our state has suffered a great loss with her departure." - House Speaker Dennis O'Brien, R-Philadelphia.

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"Catherine Baker Knoll was one of the most dedicated public servants in the history of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Strength and determination defined her personal life, as well as her professional and political careers. As the first woman elected to the Office of Lieutenant Governor, she will be remembered as a trailblazer." - Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

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