Jan 23 2017

Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of his friend and former colleague, Ruth Samuelson:
“Susan and I are absolutely heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend Ruth Samuelson. Our deepest condolences go out to her husband Ken, their children and Ruth’s entire family during this incredibly difficult time.
“Ruth Samuelson was a loving wife, dedicated mother, tireless public servant, and one of our closest friends. Her life was in public as it was in private: grounded in faith and focused on serving others.  I am blessed to have had the privilege of knowing and working with Ruth over these last many years and seeing firsthand how impactful her life was to everyone she knew.  Her devotion to her faith and her family served her well in the halls of the North Carolina legislature, where she worked with both sides of the aisle to become one of the most influential leaders in the state. As Speaker of the House, there was no one I counted on more than Ruth Samuelson.
“Ruth bravely fought this disease with the same strength, grace and dignity that have defined her life’s work.  In doing so, she left a final legacy of unshakable faith and unwavering hope that should inspire us all.  As we mourn her loss and pray for her family, we rejoice in knowing that the faith that guided Ruth’s life has now carried her home.”