Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement regarding the passing of former Speaker of the House and Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development John Richardson:

“We often remark that the Legislature is one big family. Sadly, we have lost an important member of that family with the sudden passing of John Richardson. From his time as a State Representative, as Maine’s Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development or as Speaker of the House, John was tireless when it came to standing up for working Mainers. He will be remembered as a tough negotiator, a champion for the middle-class and as a mentor to many, many legislators. My heart goes out to his wife, Stephanie and his children, John, Glenn and Maddie – our entire legislative family grieves with you.”