Apr 23 2007
“I was saddened to learn of Juanita’s passing. She was a friend, a woman of style and grace who faithfully represented the people of the 37th Congressional District.
Juanita had a remarkable career – she entered politics after raising five children and then returning to school – and she was a trail-blazer. She was the first African American woman elected to the Carson City Council, and the first African American woman to lead the House Committee on Administration.
I had looked forward to working closely with her in this capacity, and now that won’t be possible. I send my deepest sympathy to her family and many friends. California has lost a dedicated public servant and a true friend.”