Reaction from Idaho leaders is starting to come into our newsroom following the death of former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. Here are statements we've received so far:
Governor Butch Otter:
“Cecil Andrus made everyone around him better. He was a mentor to me and many others, raising our standards and inspiring us to think big. He combined stubborn idealism with common sense – a lunch-bucket liberal proudly reflecting his timber country upbringing and values. Whatever you thought of his politics, Cece was always true to what he believed, and he believed in Idaho. His voice will be missed in our public life, and I will miss his counsel and friendship. Carol and the Andrus family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Congressman Mike Simpson:
“Idaho and our nation have lost a truly great statesman and conservationist today. Kathy and I send our prayers and thoughts to his family for their loss. Governor Andrus will rightly be remembered as a legend in the conservation field. It was fitting that he cut his political teeth protecting Castle Peak as I think they both have a lot in common. They are giants in Idaho and icons to those who believe conservation is a necessity and not a luxury. We will truly miss Cece, but we will always be reminded of how great he was as we are surrounded by his legacy of conservation.”
Rep. Raul Labrador:
“Cecil Andrus was an Idaho original, a man whose independence and integrity earned the respect of Idahoans across the political spectrum. His blue-collar roots, connection to ordinary Idahoans and commitment to making the state a better place made him Idaho’s only four-term governor. Becca and I have Carol and the rest of the Andrus family in our prayers.”
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo:
“Governor Andrus was a dynamic and effective leader who knew how to wield authority and get things done for Idaho, and for the nation. His leadership and sense of purpose as a public servant were demonstrated repeatedly during his long career in public service. He earned my respect, and I count him as a friend. He will be forever remembered as a leader of great accomplishment. I send my heartfelt sympathies to his family as they, along with Idaho, mourn his passing.”
Idaho Senator Jim Risch:
“Governor Andrus was one of the most accomplished, successful and masterful political figures I have worked with. He had the judgment and strength to take matters where he wanted them to go. Vicki and I extend our condolences to Carol and his family and they are in our prayers.”
The Idaho Democratic Party released this statement:
"A remarkable and influential leader, Governor Cecil D. Andrus was a true public servant. He was an authentic and dignified statesman and even when serving in the highest offices of our nation, he remained an Idaho outdoorsman, a neighbor, and a friend. A giant of a man, Governor Andrus was Idaho’s longest serving governor and leaves behind a legacy that Idahoans will forever cherish. His practical, sincere, and kind-hearted leadership will be truly missed.
Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Bert Marley offered condolences to the Governor’s family and fellow Idaho Democrats.
'Governor Andrus was an inspiration to me. As a candidate and a legislator, he was always available for advice and support. He was the honorary chairman of my campaign when I ran for Superintendent of Public Instruction and was someone who I could always turn to. Governor Andrus was continuously supportive of the work we did to try to improve the lives of all Idahoans.'
Our prayers are with Carol and all of the Andrus family members."
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter:
"Few can claim a place in Idaho’s history as esteemed as Cecil Andrus. His mark upon this state is indelible and respect for his capabilities near universal. He served his country and Idaho with integrity, charm and gifted foresight. Personally, he was a hero who always had wise advice and insight at the ready. No one helped me more, especially in the early years of my career. My thoughts and prayers go to Carol and the rest of the Andrus family. We have lost a truly great man."
State Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb released the following on Facebook:
"It is with a heavy heart and great admiration I honor the life of Idaho icon, Cecil D. Andrus who passed away this afternoon.
A Renaissance man indeed, he served as Idaho Governor for 14 years, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and was a nationally known conservationist, dedicated to the preservation of the environment. He was the real deal! The consummate gentlemen, he epitomized leadership, citizenship and great love for family, friends and the people of Idaho. We will miss you Governor."
Fair winds and following seas Secretary Andrus. I see this portrait every day in my office pic.twitter.com/GBs26xJS7n
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) August 25, 2017