WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on the passing of New Orleans Saints owner, Tom Benson:“I’m saddened by the news of Tom Benson’s passing. The City of New Orleans lost a Saint. Tom Benson was a Saint in every sense of the word, and truly lived the American Dream. He was a man of deep faith who loved his dear wife Gayle, loved our City of New Orleans, and loved rooting for the Saints. He rose from humble beginnings to become a remarkable leader in our community, whose passion for sports built his beloved New Orleans Saints from perennial underachievers to Super Bowl Champions!

“I was proud to call Tom Benson a dear friend, and New Orleans will long remember his remarkable legacy. Jennifer and I will keep Gayle and the entire Saints family in our prayers.”