“Tennessee lost a true legend today in Governor Ned Ray McWherter,” said Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson. “Governor McWherter left his legacy across our great state, and there is no doubt that we are better for his leadership, his vision and his compassion.
“Governor McWherter never hesitated to do what he believed was best for all Tennesseans, whether that was raising up our children through education reform, or creating jobs in rural areas through infrastructure improvements. Under his direction, Tennessee set a national standard for fiscal responsibility that endures today.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the McWherter family and all Tennesseans. We have lost a great leader and an even greater friend today.”