Governor Wolf Statement on the Passing of Longtime House Aide Karen Coates

January 18, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passing of longtime Pennsylvania House aide, Karen Coates, who served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

“Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to Karen’s family, friends and colleagues, and to Speaker Turzai during this extremely difficult time. Throughout my time as governor, Karen’s leadership and insight helped our state government bridge divides. Her professional rise to become the first female Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House surely has inspired many, and all Pennsylvanians have benefitted from her dedication to public service. A great friend to so many in and around the Capitol, her presence will be greatly missed.”

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