Congressman Clyburn Saddened by Bob Matsui's Passing

Jan 2, 2005

(Columbia, SC) - House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair James E. Clyburn (SC-6) released the following statement today after learning of the passing of Congressman Robert Matsui:

"I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend and colleague, Bob Matsui, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

"During the 12 years we served together, the last two in the Democratic Caucus Leadership, I discovered we were political soul mates.  We both were passionate about civil rights, social security and children's issues.  Bob was never flamboyant; he was smart and thoughtful.  His work as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee won him the respect and admiration of all who support the democratic process.  Bob's leadership, wisdom, and compassion will be sorely missed in Congress, California's 5th Congressional district and this nation."


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