Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Former Governor Phil Hoff

Marcelle and I are saddened by the passing of a great Vermonter and a true leader. But we are proud of and grateful to Phil Hoff for all he has done for our state and all of its people. He and his family are in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Any summary of Phil Hoff’s life is an exercise in superlatives. He was a visionary, a trailblazer, a reformer and a transformative influence in both Vermont and on the national stage. He was an example of political courage to so many of us. Even his Kennedy-esque style was something new and fresh. To me, he was also a mentor, and a friend.

He had no patience for finger-to-the-wind politics. He put people first, and he modernized education, the judicial system and Vermont’s economic vitality in ways that have made lives better for generations of Vermonters.

He was an early voice of opposition to the Vietnam War, at a time when the war was still popular. I was proud, like him, to support other bold leaders, like Bobby Kennedy.

He made a real difference in our state, touching and inspiring countless lives, in countless ways. I am blessed to be one of those whose lives he touched. I will always be grateful for his life, his example, and his friendship.

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