WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today spoke on the Senate floor to honor Jean Turnage, former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Senate President who passed away earlier this week.
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Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor:
“I rise today in recognition of Jean Turnage, former Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice and State Senate President who passed away earlier this week.
“Chief Justice Turnage was a true public servant who always put Montana and this nation first. He is remembered as a fair and tolerant judge, and a true gentleman legislator.
“As both a legislator and judge he had a genius for solving conflicts and bridging differences – a quality that is far too rare in public service.
“Chief Justice Turnage was part of a dying breed of the greatest generation and was a true statesmen.
“As a World War II veteran, a state legislator and Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, Justice Turnage truly exemplified our state’s strong legacy of service. His passing is a great loss for Montana.
“On behalf of all Montanans, I want to recognize Jean for his decades of service to Montana and to this nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Turnage family during this time of loss.”