Statement by the Senate Republican Leader on the passing of Tom Foley

Sen. Mark SchoeslerWashington State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler issued the following statement regarding the death of former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley:

“My prayers go out to Speaker Foley’s wife, Heather, and the rest of his family as they deal with this loss.

“As a Republican, I obviously didn’t agree with Speaker Foley on every issue, but what endeared him to many was the way he treated people with kindness and respect. I always appreciated the way he graciously treated me when I met him as a 4-H student visiting my congressman. That consideration extended to his staff, which was one of the most professional, top-notch staffs I have ever worked with.

“He will be sorely missed.”