Statement on the Passing of Former Washington Governor Booth Gardner

Mar. 16, 2013

Olympia, Washington – Congressman Denny Heck has released the following statement on the passing of former Washington Governor Booth Gardner. The Congressman served as Chief of Staff during Governor Gardners second term (1989-1993).

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.

Mostly though, he will be remembered as a leader whose natural style of civility, respectfulness and collaboration served our state very well. We could certainly use more Booth Gardners today. And I will forever remember Booth Gardner as my boss, mentor and the dearest of friends.


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