Sandoval Statement on Barbara Vucanovich


Mary-Sarah Kinner
Communications Director
Carson City, NV - June 10, 2013

Governor Brian Sandoval today made the following statement after learning of the death of Barbara Vucanovich:

“With the recent passing of Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain lost its Iron Lady and today the Silver State has lost its Silver Lady.

“Barbara Vucanovich was the matriarch of her political generation – the first woman elected to Congress from Nevada, and the first Nevadan to rise to a position of leadership within the U.S. House of Representatives. First and foremost, however, Barbara was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always her priority, even as she served the entire Nevada family in the United States Congress.

“Barbara was known for protecting rural interests like mining and water, but she fought equally hard to protect gaming and to shield casino workers and retirees from unfair taxation. A breast cancer survivor herself, she worked for funding for early screening, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

“Barbara will perhaps forever be remembered as a gracious, personable leader with her feet on the ground and her priorities where they belonged, right here in Nevada. Kathleen and I extend our deepest sympathies to Barbara’s brother, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”


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