Statement on the Passing of Dawn Clark Netsch
March 6, 2013

Washington, DC (March 5, 2013) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on passing of Dawn Clark Netsch:

"I was saddened to hear of my longtime friend, Dawn Clark Netsch's passing. Dawn was a mentor and role model to me and I will truly miss her advice, support and friendship. She was an iconic figure in Illinois politics and helped pave the way for so many politicians after her. She is known for being the first woman in Illinois to be nominated to run for governor, but even before that, she had long been breaking barriers. Dawn graduated first in her law school class at Northwestern Law, as the only woman in her class and returned to Northwestern Law as a professor, as the first woman hired to teach law.

"Dawn was a State Senator for 18 years before being elected as Illinois Comptroller. She became the first woman to win a major party nomination when the Democrats picked her to run for governor in 1994. Although she lost the general election, her reputation as a straight shooter and someone who always stood up for her beliefs, even if they happened to be unpopular, won her many supporters in her uphill battle for the governorship. She backed and mentored candidates, like myself, and was passionate about politics and baseball. The passing of such a trailblazer leaves a large void in Illinois, I will truly miss my friend and mentor."