Press Release from the House Democratic Caucus, April 4, 2011:
Ned McWherter was our House speaker. He was our governor. And, he was our friend. He taught us how to bring new business, better education and prosperity to our state while taking care of those Tennesseans who many times went without. Most of all, he taught us what it was about to be a Democrat while working with our friends on the other side of the aisle.
Today is a truly sad day for the state of Tennessee. He will be sorely missed, though he will always be here with us as we continue to work for the betterment of the wonderful state of Tennessee and the United States of America.
He was a governor of and for the people.
–House Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington); former Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry (D-Memphis).