Several other Missouri politicians have released statements praising former Gov. Warren Hearnes. Hearnes died yesterday at the age of 86.
Here's a statement from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who defeated Hearnes' wife in a 1992 state Senate contest:
"I deeply saddened today by the passing of Gov. Hearnes. Gov. Hearnes' legacy of public service will forever be an inspiration to us all. As a former state representative, secretary of state and chief
executive, Gov. Hearnes dedicated much of his life in service to the
citizens of the great State of Missouri. He also served his nation
proudly as a graduate of West Point and in the United States Army.
As a fellow Southeast Missourian, I can truly say how proud we were to call Gov. Hearnes one of us.
I send my deepest sympathies to Betty, their children and the entire Hearnes family. Today, Missouri owes a debt of gratitude to the Hearnes family for their commitment to our state."
Here's a statement from state Treasurer Clint Zweifel:
"The passing of Gov. Warren Hearnes is a sad moment for Missouri as we lose one of our great leaders. Gov. Hearnes was an innovator throughout his career in public service, and his contributions to our state will never be forgotten by Missourians. His commitment to mental health care, education, civil rights and the environment forever changed Missouri for the better. In this sad moment, my family and I express our deepest sympathies with Mrs. Hearnes and her family. Gov. Hearnes will truly be missed."
And here's a statement from U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth:
“Governor Hearnes was a dedicated public official who served the people of Missouri with distinction and conviction. It is certainly a sad day for our state. Jackie and I send our thoughts prayers to Betty and the entire Hearnes family as they mourn the loss of their loved one.”