From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Contact: Kenneth Besserman, 512-463-0113

Statement from Senator Ellis on the passing of Governor Ann Richards

"Ann's enduring legacy was bringing minorities and women to the forefront of state government. She changed the course of politics in that sense and set the bar high for her successors."

"She did Texas proud before, during and after she served in office. She was a friend, mentor and inspiration to me and so many others. Texas and the world have lost a great woman."