Carper Statement on the Passing of Former Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement on the passing of Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware’s 72nd Governor, and Lt. Governor during then-Governor Carper’s term:

“I think the remarkable thing about Ruth Ann was her path to public service – first starting as an aide in the state legislature, and later running and serving in the House. When there was an opening in the state Senate she seized the day, ran for office, and won. In the legislature, Ruth Ann succeeded in taking on various leadership positions because she was admired by both Democrats and Republicans for her commonsense approach to governing and her ability to build consensus on difficult issues.

“Her decision to run for Lt. Governor and to serve with me in our administration afforded her the opportunity to demonstrate to an even broader electorate who she was as person, her values, and how she could get things done. And right after serving alongside each other, Ruth Ann stepped up and sought the nomination for Governor. After winning the election, she went on to lead and serve our state for eight more years. 

“Put simply: Ruth Ann Minner worked tirelessly. She was indefatigable, and she always sought to do the right thing. Voters in Delaware rewarded her for that and she rewarded them with years of service that we can all be proud of.”