For Immediate Release: December 19, 2020
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Statement from President Clinton on the passing of Governor William Winter
With the passing of Governor William F. Winter, Mississippi has lost one of its greatest champions of equality, reconciliation, and progress; and I have lost a friend, an inspiration, and one of the finest people I’ve ever known.
I was so lucky as a young governor of a southern state to have a partner just across the river to work with and learn from. Bill had the gift to see his state as it was, to envision what it could be, and to take the difficult but necessary steps to get there. His bold efforts to reform education, fight poverty, and bring people together across racial lines showed the promise of a new Mississippi.
He provided critical support in my 1992 campaign, and I will always be grateful that he served on the board of my One America initiative to advance racial reconciliation and recommend concrete steps towards genuine equality—causes he continued to champion for the rest of his life at the William Winter Institute.
Hillary and I send our condolences to his wonderful wife of 70 years, Elise; their daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; to all those he empowered by his example and friendship, and to the countless people who know their lives are better today because of his service.