For Immediate Release: October 29, 2019
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Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Governor Gerald Baliles
Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of Jerry Baliles. He was an extraordinary public servant with a fine mind, a quick wit, and a good heart. He used them all to expand educational opportunities, improve infrastructure, and modernize the economy for the people of Virginia. I’ll always be grateful for the chances we had to work together as governors, especially at the 1989 National Education Summit in Charlottesville and in the Democratic Leadership Council.
Even after he left politics he never stopped serving, helping to revitalize the airline industry during my Presidency, and leading the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
It’s easy to say that democracy works better when practiced with civility, honest debate, and good-faith compromise. Jerry Baliles lived it.
Our thoughts are with Robin, his family, and the many people whose lives he touched in Virginia and beyond.