December 12, 2017

Harris Statement on the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement today on the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Mayor Ed Lee. From his earliest days as a fair housing advocate, Ed was a tireless champion for San Franciscans and a public servant who tackled every challenge with modesty, civility, and hard work. As the son of immigrants who became mayor of one of America’s largest cities, Ed broke down barriers and blazed a trail for future generations to follow. And at this inflection moment in our country when some have promoted hatred and division, Mayor Lee has been an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion. 

“Throughout my career, I was proud to work with Ed as he served in five different city departments under four different mayors. As United States Senator, I partnered with him to protect immigrant communities and advocate for critical infrastructure projects in the Bay Area. No matter the issue, you could count on Mayor Lee to show up—probably in his unassuming Chevy Volt—and fight for his city. 

“When he first ran for mayor, Ed campaigned on the message, “Ed Lee Gets It Done.” For 65 remarkable years, he did. My thoughts are with Mayor Lee’s wife, Anita, his daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family at this difficult time.”