Louisiana state Rep. Alfred Williams, D-Baton Rouge, died Tuesday at the age of 64.
State leaders and William’s legislative colleagues have responded with an outpouring of condolences since news first broke Tuesday evening. Here are some of their reactions:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: “We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Alfred Williams’ passing yesterday. During his time as a representative and throughout his career, Alfred was a spirited and thoughtful leader who reached across party lines to serve the community he so loved. At the capitol, he worked to pass legislation that made a real difference for the people of Louisiana and he will be sorely missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Alfred Williams on last evening. The residents of East Baton Rouge were lucky to have Alfred represent them – his leadership as a legislator, and as a chairman, was second only to his compassion in serving his constituents and the state of Louisiana. Alfred was a true public servant, a consummate professional and a caring soul who will be greatly missed by our entire chamber. My deepest sympathies go to his family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Rep. Alfred Williams
The Louisiana House placed a flower arrangement on Williams’ desk in the chamber. (Photo via House Communications)
State Rep. John Bel Edwards, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and gubernatorial candidate: “Alfred fought for what matters most to our people. He fought for good jobs, access to high quality healthcare, and education. He will be missed and we will honor his memory by continuing that fight.”
State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party: “Today we join our fellow Democrats and our fellow citizens across the state mourning the loss of a great leader, a respected lawmaker, and a dear friend,” said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Rep. Williams was the kind of leader we could all admire and look up to, and every day in the session he fought for his constituents and worked to uphold Louisiana family values. He will be deeply missed.”