Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of former Congresswoman Carrie Meek of Florida:
“Today, with great sadness over her passing and appreciation for her leadership, the Congress and Country mourn the loss and celebrate the life of former Congresswoman Carrie Meek. Congresswoman Meek was a remarkable, trailblazing leader who helped expand opportunity in America. At every level of her historic service – from the statehouse to the U.S. House – she not only made history but made progress for our nation.
“Officially and personally, it was a great honor to know, serve with and share a friendship with Congresswoman Meek. On the Appropriations Committee where we both served, she was a force, bringing to bear the special power of her soft accent and strong will for her community and country. Indeed, she was formidable in meeting the needs of her community, including by advocating for Haitian immigrants and refugees and creating economic opportunities for working families in her district.
“As a lifelong educator, public service for Congresswoman Carrie Meek was about children, community and the future. Throughout her decades of public service, she was a champion for opportunity and progress, including following her retirement, as she worked to ensure that every Floridian had a roof over his or her head and access to a quality education.
“The great Congressman John Lewis once said of Congresswoman Meek, ‘We see showboats and we see tugboats. She’s a tugboat.’ May it be a comfort to Congresswoman Meek’s children Lucia, Sheila and former Congressman Kendrick Meek, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all her loved ones to know that Carrie Meek’s courage, conviction and commitment made a difference for America. And may it be a comfort that so many across Florida and the nation mourn their loss and pray for them at this sad time.”
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