Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) issued the following statement in response to the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

“I, along with all San Franciscans, mourn the passing of our beloved Mayor Edwin “Ed” Lee. He was an uncommon mayor with an common touch, he was modest in a business that attracts boasters, he was gentle in a career that awards roughness, and he was a policy expert in everything local in a field where most of his colleagues are generalists. He led the City without histrionics or drama. Mayor Lee was a true American Leader who should be emulated and exalted in his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, who has shown so much grace as the First Lady of the City, and his daughters Brianna and Tania. May we all surround them with love and comfort during this traumatic time.”