Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Death of Former Governor Leader

May 09, 2013, 15:48 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement on the death of former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader.

"As a governor and in the years after public service, George Leader defied political labels and conventional thinking in his tireless work for Pennsylvania and its people. He was among the first of our leaders to warn against budget deficits and he was an early proponent of civil rights and economic development.

"His life after politics, as an entrepreneur serving the state's seniors, and as an advocate for continued government reform, and an unsurpassed grasp of politics of the past century, made Governor Leader an essential source of advice and counsel at all levels of the commonwealth.

"Susan and I both mourn the passing of a distinguished public servant, a personal friend, and a significant figure in the political history of Pennsylvania.''

Leader, who served as Pennsylvania's 36th governor, died today at the age of 95.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor