Local, national figures pay tribute to Lindy Boggs

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Posted on July 27, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 3:28 PM

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Below are statements in reaction to the death of former Rep. Lindy Boggs, who passed away Saturday at the age of 97.

 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

"Today we lost a legend who served as an inspiration to people throughout the country.  Lindy Boggs was the epitome of dignity and grace. She helped build the stage upon which so many female elected officials stand today. As a U.S. congresswoman for New Orleans, Lindy was well known and respected by both sides of the aisle because she served with integrity and fairness while always fighting hard for her district. The people of New Orleans will forever be grateful for her tenacity on their behalf.   She was a national and international treasure, and the world is a better place because she lived.  I am thankful to have called her a friend, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Boggs family."

Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Archdiocese of New Orleans:

“We learned of the death of the Honorable Lindy Boggs this morning.  I have been in touch with her family to offer the prayers and condolences of the people of Louisiana and especially New Orleans.  Mrs. Boggs was an active member of St. Louis Cathedral Parish and her funeral Mass will take place at the Cathedral at a time to be announced later.  We thank God for her life of faith and her life of service to the people of Louisiana and beyond.  May she know the fullness of God's peace and Love.”

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu:

"Lindy Boggs will be remembered for generations to come for her service to New Orleans, Louisiana and the United States.  She has set the gold standard."

U.S. Senator David Vitter:

"Lindy Boggs personified grace and service -- as a wife and mother, a Member of Congress, as Ambassador to the Vatican.  I remember like it was yesterday when she invited Wendy and me to coffee at her home just after I was first elected to Congress.  She was so warm and generous, making us feel completely at home.  Just six months ago, Wendy talked to her about co-chairing the John Paul II exhibit.  She not only agreed but was genuinely excited and helpful.  All that was so typical of her."

Gov. Bobby Jindal:

“As the first woman elected to Congress in Louisiana, and as the first female Chair of the Democratic National Convention, Lindy no doubt left her mark on history.  She lived a life of service, carrying on for those who couldn't and speaking up for those who didn't have a voice in the halls of Congress. Lindy was a true fighter, but she did it with incredible grace and the people of Louisiana are grateful for her service. The thoughts and prayers of my family and of the people of Louisiana are with Lindy's family.”

Rep. Steve Scalise:

“Lindy was a grand lady who served as both a pioneer and a trailblazer for her beloved State of Louisiana, and she will be dearly missed.  As a Member of Congress and later an Ambassador to the Vatican, Lindy effortlessly balanced her role as a respected leader and a mother, and always carried herself with dignity and grace.  Lindy’s passion and charm live on in the hearts of those that had the honor of knowing her, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Boggs family.”

State Senator Karen Carter Peterson:

“Lindy Boggs was a icon for women throughout America and I am deeply saddened by her passing. Her work to help the needy, empower women, and improve Louisiana will be long remembered. More than just a leader, Lindy was a pioneer for equal rights for all people. Her career of dedicated service, compassion, and courage is an example that all leaders must aspire to. To her wonderful family, I send my deepest sympathies. Lindy will be missed, but her legacy will live on in the generations of Louisiana women that have been inspired by her life.”

Rep. Cedric Richmond:

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Boggs family as we all mourn the loss of a true legend, Ambassador Lindy Boggs. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known Lindy. She was a first class public servant who had many firsts. Lindy Boggs was truly the perfect example of leadership, never afraid to fight for justice and demand equality.  To know her is to know a woman who loved her family, her country, and the many people she served. She took the responsibility of service seriously, and the 2nd Congressional District and the state of Louisiana are better for it. She demanded respect across the globe, not because of her words, but because of her actions; a woman who was small in stature, but big in heart. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to celebrate her while she was still with us. We acknowledged her birthday and her body of work earlier this year at the U.S. Capitol during Women's History month. I pray we all find comfort in her tenacity, accomplishments, and sacrifices."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

"Today we lost a legend who served as an inspiration to people throughout the country. Lindy Boggs was the epitome of dignity and grace. She helped build the stage upon which so many female elected officials stand today. As a U.S. congresswoman for New Orleans, Lindy was well known and respected by both sides of the aisle because she served with integrity and fairness while always fighting hard for her district. The people of New Orleans will forever be grateful for her tenacity on their behalf. She was a national and international treasure, and the world is a better place because she lived. I am thankful to have called her a friend, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Boggs family."

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