Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
"I join in mourning the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher and in celebrating her historic role as the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Thatcher's rise from humble roots through a political career that shattered 10 Downing Street's glass ceiling exemplified the changes to society in both Britain and the United States during the last century that brought greater opportunities for women to shape their own destinies and to lead. During her time as Prime Minister, she worked closely with our government to usher in the end of the Cold War and to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. When I served as Chairman of the Helsinki Commission in the 1980s, my staff and I worked closely and productively with the members of the British delegation representing Prime Minister Thatcher's government. My thoughts today are with her children, Carol and Mark, her extended family, and all the people of the United Kingdom."