Press Release ● Miscellaneous
For Immediate Release: 
November 28, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of former Congressman Ed Pastor:

"Ed Pastor was a friend and a colleague who commanded respect from all corners of the House.  I was saddened to learn of his passing last night.  Ed served his native Arizona faithfully throughout his life, first as an educator, later as Maricopa County Executive, and finally for twenty-four years as a Congressman before his retirement in 2015. 

“During his tenure in office, Ed steadfastly fought for progressive values and the causes of equality, justice, and civil rights.  When he served as Ranking Member of the Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, Ed oversaw Democrats' efforts to fund critical infrastructure projects across the nation and in Arizona, and he stood at the forefront of efforts to expand affordable housing and combat homelessness.  As a Chief Deputy Whip, he was a part of my whip operation and contributed to making sure that Democrats were united on votes to advance our economic recovery and protect working families.  A former Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Arizona's first Latino Congressman, Ed fought to defend the rights of minorities and immigrants and advocated for DREAMers to be allowed to stay here in this country.  

“Ed was a consummate public servant and believer in the power of our democracy to improve lives.  We will miss him, and I offer my condolences to his wife Verma and the entire Pastor family."