Congressman Clyburn Mourns the Passing of Tunky Riley

Mar 7, 2008

(Washington, DC) -- Sixth District Congressman and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today issued the following statement on the passing of former South Carolina First Lady Ann “Tunky” Riley.

“It is with a heavy heart that Emily and I learned of the passing of Tunky Riley.  I was fortunate to serve as Human Affairs Commissioner during Governor Riley’s time in office and was in the Congress during his service as U.S. Education Secretary.  Over the past thirty years, Emily and I shared a very warm relationship with the Governor and Mrs. Riley. 

“She was an extraordinary partner for Governor Riley, and was such an extraordinary advocate for public education in her own right.  As a native of Florence and graduate of McClenaghan High School, I remember sharing the stage with Tunky as she was honored by the Florence School District One Foundation as a distinguished alumna.  She took that opportunity as she always did to turn the attention from herself and onto the issue she cared about most – public education. 

“Emily and I send our thoughts and prayers to Governor Riley and his family during this difficult time.  Tunky’s legacy will continue to live on in the wonderful work she has done on behalf of the people of South Carolina and our nation.”

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