Finney, Kyle Release Statements on Passing of State Rep. Lois DeBerry

Statement from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; July 28, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Senate Democratic leaders issued the following statement on the passing of Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry:

“Lois DeBerry was a peerless leader for her community, her city and for all women” state Sen. Jim Kyle said. “It’s a uniquely American story – a woman who became frustrated with the conditions in her community and dedicated her life to making it better, rising to heights that no African American woman had seen before in Tennessee. We are deeply saddened by her passing.”

“Before I ever ran for office, I was motivated and inspired by the leadership of Lois DeBerry,” state Sen. Lowe Finney said. “She intentionally focused on tough issues, daring others to join her, and by her words could inspire people to take action and get involved. Tennessee has lost a great leader today.”