Pelosi Statement on Passing of Speaker Jim Wright

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the passing of former Speaker of the House, Jim Wright:

“Today, we mourn the loss of one of America’s most distinguished and dedicated public servants: Speaker Jim Wright.  From the service that earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II to the leadership that defined his 34 years in the House, Jim Wright exemplified commitment to the future of America’s families.

“Speaker Wright was a person of deep courage, brilliant eloquence, and complete mastery of the legislative process.  Speaker Wright’s strong, decisive leadership built an indelible legacy of progress, not only in his beloved state of Texas, but around the world.  Wright championed prosperity for every working family, and helped lead the way to peace to Central America.  After he left the House, Wright continued to share his wisdom with new generations of leaders as a professor at Texas Christian University.

“Jim Wright was a patriot who held the respect of friends and colleagues on both sides of the aisle.  He never stopped serving our country, and his achievements will stand forever as a living monument to his determined vision and legendary ability.  We hope it is a comfort to Speaker Wright’s family, friends, students and colleagues that so many join them in grieving and honoring such a wonderful man.”