STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on the passing of Gregory P. Schmidt


(Sacramento) - Senate President and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement on the passing yesterday of Gregory P. Schmidt, 69, Secretary of the California State Senate from 1996 - 2014:

"Jennifer and I offer our condolences to Greg's family, friends, and his extended senate family where I know he is held in the highest esteem and whose passing will be deeply felt.

"Greg was instrumental in guiding the Senate as the institution's non-partisan moral conscience, pastoral leader to staff and legislators, and an uncompromising conservator of the legislative and democratic process.

"Profoundly, Greg recognized that the Senate's integrity and the preservation of its democratic legitimacy transcended term-limits, and acted objectively to guard the institution's enduring constitutionality."