SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement upon news that Sargent Shriver, brother-in-law to President Kennedy, founder of the Peace Corps, 1972 Democratic Party Candidate for Vice President and father of former California First Lady Maria Shriver, has passed away:
"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sargent Shriver has passed away. He was a dedicated public servant, and a compassionate leader. His service as the founding Director of the Peace Corps was emblematic of President Kennedy's call for all Americans to 'ask what they can do for their country, ' and the good works of the Peace Corps all over the world will stand as a permanent testament to a man who will be remembered as a gifted and talented public servant."
CONTACT: Shannon Murphy (916) 319-2408