Statement From Chairman Villere Following The Death Of David TreenPosted in Press Releases Posted by Administrator on Oct 29, 2009
Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger F. Villere, Jr. released the following statement regarding the death of former Republican Governor David C. Treen:
“Dave Treen was one of the Republican Party of Louisiana’s earliest and most important leaders. A former Republican State Central Committee Member and Republican National Committeeman, he would eventually be elected our first Republican Member of Congress since 1891 and our first Republican Governor since Reconstruction. He was a courageous man who loved our country and our state. He fought the political establishment during the 1960′s and 70′s when it was very difficult to elect a Republican in our state and his career in political office was marked with integrity and fiscal discipline.
It is important for younger voters to understand that Louisiana’s commitment to high ethical standards and the existence of a viable two-party system in our state are relatively new developments. Just a quarter century ago, neither existed in a significant way. Dave Treen laid the foundation to change all of that, and for that, millions of Louisiana citizens owe him a profound debt of gratitude.
On behalf of the Republican Party of Louisiana, I want to express our appreciation for all that Dave Treen did to grow our party in Louisiana. He was a friend and he will be missed.”