Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued the following statement on former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who died Sunday (Aug. 18) at age 76 after a long battle with cancer:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a woman whose leadership was an inspiration and a strength for the people of New Orleans and for all of Louisiana," said Mayor Cantrell. "Knowing this day was imminent does not make the loss any easier to bear. As the first female governor of Louisiana, she accomplished more in one term than most men did in two. We are grateful for her service and thankful for her leadership. Our love and our prayers go out to her family and to her loved ones. The City of New Orleans will always hold her in our hearts and in our memories. May she rest in God’s perfect peace."
Kathleen Blanco served as Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, after having served as Lieutenant Governor from 1996 to 2004.