“Washington state has lost a great leader, and its people have lost a great friend with the passing of Governor Booth Gardner.
“Governor Gardner was known as a man who could talk to anyone, because he treated everyone the same way—like a fellow human being.
“His two terms in office are best remembered for the major steps forward our state took in how we educate our children, how we protect the environment, and how we care for the less fortunate in our society.
“Booth was that rare political leader who was liked by both his allies and his adversaries. He will be greatly missed.”