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Boggs' passing prompts outpouring of remembrance, respect

New Orleans, La. - The passing of former Louisiana representative Lindy Boggs Saturday was met with an outpouring of remembrance and respect from public figures across the state. Here is what some of them had to say:

"We learned of the death of the Honorable Lindy Boggs this morning.  I have been in touch with her family to offer the prayers and condolences of the people of Louisiana and especially New Orleans. Mrs. Boggs was an active member of St. Louis Cathedral Parish and her funeral Mass will take place at the Cathedral at a time to be announced later. We thank God for her life of faith and her life of service to the people of Louisiana and beyond. May she know the fullness of God's peace and Love." - New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond

"As the first woman elected to Congress in Louisiana, and as the first female Chair of the Democratic National Convention, Lindy no doubt left her mark on history. She lived a life of service, carrying on for those who couldn't and speaking up for those who didn't have a voice in the halls of Congress. Lindy was a true fighter, but she did it with incredible grace and the people of Louisiana are grateful for her service. The thoughts and prayers of my family and of the people of Louisiana are with Lindy's family." – Gov. Bobby Jindal

"Lindy was a grand lady who served as both a pioneer and a trailblazer for her beloved State of Louisiana, and she will be dearly missed," Scalise said.  "As a Member of Congress and later an Ambassador to the Vatican, Lindy effortlessly balanced her role as a respected leader and a mother, and always carried herself with dignity and grace.  Lindy's passion and charm live on in the hearts of those that had the honor of knowing her, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Boggs family."  - Congressman Steve Scalise

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Boggs family as we all mourn the loss of a true legend, Ambassador Lindy Boggs. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known Lindy. She was a first class public servant who had many firsts

"Lindy Boggs was truly the perfect example of leadership, never afraid to fight for justice and demand equality.  To know her is to know a woman who loved her family, her country, and the many people she served. She took the responsibility of service seriously, and the 2nd Congressional District and the state of Louisiana are better for it. She demanded respect across the globe, not because of her words, but because of her actions; a woman who was small in stature, but big in heart. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to celebrate her while she was still with us. We acknowledged her birthday and her body of work earlier this year at the U.S. Capitol during Women's History month. I pray we all find comfort in her tenacity, accomplishments, and sacrifices." - Congressman Cedric Richmond

"Our hearts are heavy in Louisiana today as we learn that Ms. Lindy is at long last reunited with her beloved husband, Congressman Hale Boggs. His untimely death began the second chapter of Lindy's life, and out of that tragedy, she took on the mantle of public service with uncommon grace. Her self-effacing charm came from a lesson learned from her grandmother -- that one could accomplish anything by simply allowing others to take the credit. A pioneer in the fight for civil rights, Lindy also championed the cause of economic equality for women -- a fight we carry on today. Every woman that has a credit card in her wallet or a mortgage for her home can thank Lindy Boggs for her legislative skill in ensuring protections for gender and marital status were included in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. As we continue to push for legislation that guarantees women equal pay for equal work, we know that Lindy helped to pave the road we walk on. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Roberts, Mr. Boggs and the rest of Ms. Lindy's family as they mourn their dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother." - Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson

"Today we lost a legend who served as an inspiration to people throughout the country. Lindy Boggs was the epitome of dignity and grace. She helped build the stage upon which so many female elected officials stand today. As a U.S. congresswoman for New Orleans, Lindy was well known and respected by both sides of the aisle because she served with integrity and fairness while always fighting hard for her district. The people of New Orleans will forever be grateful for her tenacity on their behalf. She was a national and international treasure, and the world is a better place because she lived. I am thankful to have called her a friend, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Boggs family." - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

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