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Welch Statement on the Passing of Governor Hoff

April 27, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the passing of former Vermont Governor Phil Hoff:

“Vermont and the nation lost a giant yesterday evening. As our first Democratic governor in modern times, Phil Hoff was a groundbreaking leader in Vermont politics. He was a kind and decent man who cared deeply about our state and those less fortunate. He was a passionate and lifelong champion for social and economic justice and an early civil rights leader. Governor Hoff became a national voice of conscience in his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War, grounded in his distinguished military service as a member of the Greatest Generation.

Phil was a mentor of mine but more importantly, he was my friend.  All those whose lives he touched will miss him, but he will not be forgotten. My heart goes out to Joan and their family.”