(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the passing of Karen Marchioro, the former Washington state Democratic Party chairwoman and longtime state Democratic leader.
"Washington state Democrats have lost a strong and steady voice in the passing of Karen Marchioro. Karen devoted her life to fighting for what she believed in, and she became both the conscience and inspiration for decades of Washington's Democratic leaders.
"Karen’s steady presence and guiding hand have been a personal inspiration to me over the years. Despite her failing health, when I recently spoke with her, she used the opportunity to remind me how important it is to keep the Democratic Party strong for average Americans. That was Karen through and through – a passionate advocate and spirited friend.
"My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. Elected leaders throughout our state owe them a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they made in allowing Karen to spend her time fighting for each of us. Karen’s passion will continue to resonate through the words and work of our state's leaders for years to come. She will be greatly missed."