WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon the passing of Blaine Kern:

“I join the entire City of New Orleans in mourning the loss of Blaine Kern. Blaine will always be remembered as a larger-than-life legend in New Orleans and will forever be remembered as ‘Mr. Mardi Gras.’ His contributions to our community, region and state have been huge, and millions of Louisianans and people all around the world have benefitted from his vision, optimism, and creativity. We will all miss him, and Jennifer and I will keep the Kern family in our thoughts and prayers.”