WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon the passing of former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco:

“I am saddened to hear of Governor Kathleen Blanco’s passing. She served our state with honor and integrity during an incredibly challenging period as Louisiana recovered from both hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Kathleen dedicated her entire life to public service and will be remembered as someone who cared deeply for Louisiana, her people, and our culture. Jennifer and I will keep Coach and all of her family in our prayers.”