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Reaction to the death of former Gov. Booth Gardner

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm •  Published: March 16, 2013
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State officials and other react to the death of former Washington state Gov. Booth Gardner.

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"Booth Gardner was one of the great leaders of our state. He served us all with the highest standards and with never-ending humanity." — Gov. Jay Inslee

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"He demonstrated that governing is about the people you serve — and serve with — by learning everyone's name, what issues they cared deeply about, and by taking the time to work with anyone that shared his desire to make Washington state a better place to live. Booth also showed that compromise and compassion were not competing ideals by being pragmatic when he needed to be, but by always working to protect the needs of the most vulnerable." — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

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"As Governor he worked tirelessly for the State of Washington, but he also showed that public service doesn't have to be in the Capitol. Despite his considerable health limitations, he led the fight for end-of-life care with courage and vigor. In the end, he ensured the ability to both live a dignified life with access to health care and end life in a dignified way of one's own choosing." — U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.

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"He was a politician with a personal touch. He also knew how to make everyone in a crowded room feel special." — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.

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"Governor Gardner was an amazing man and a great leader with a remarkable ability to connect with people from all walks of life. He truly cared about their future and the future of our state." — Washington state House Speaker Frank Chopp.

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"Booth Gardner will be remembered for many things. He will be remembered for his impish sense of humor and never-failing common touch. He will be remembered as the original turnaround expert for a then-troubled Pierce County government. He will be remembered as a governor who guided an historic amount of progress while never tooting his own horn." — U.S. Rep. Denny Heck.

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