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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the Passing of Wendell Ford

Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator Wendell Ford.  A veteran, businessman, Governor and four-term Senator, Wendell dedicated his life to the people of Kentucky.  He believed deeply in fairness – everyone doing their part, everyone getting a fair shot.  A formidable political strategist, he fought to make sure all Americans had equal access to the polls, championed paying workers a decent wage and extending a helping hand to those looking for work, and mentored scores of young people who entered public service with Wendell’s advice and support.  Few in politics were as admired as he, and few have had as great an impact on his beloved Kentucky.  Wendell leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of service, and a Commonwealth and country that are stronger and fairer thanks to him.  Michelle and I send our condolences to his wife Jean and all the members of the Ford family.