WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on the passing of former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer:

“Buddy Roemer worked hard to improve the lives of all Louisiana families during his time in Congress and throughout his tenure as Governor of our great state. Buddy wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, and his education reforms helped increase teacher pay and improve standards in the classroom. Jennifer and I mourn his passing, and our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”