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Speaker Coughlin Statement on the Passing of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver

“Tish and I extend our condolences to the Oliver family, and all who mourn this great lady. I am deeply saddened by the passing of our Lt. Governor, Sheila Oliver. I have known Sheila since my first day in the legislature. She was my first Speaker. I had a front row seat to see her break the glass ceiling and become New Jersey’s first Black woman Speaker, and New Jersey’s first Black Lieutenant Governor. She was dedicated to serving the people of New Jersey.”

“Sheila was an extraordinary person. She was deeply committed to the people she served, and the state she loved.  We will miss her wisdom, leadership, and passion. On a personal level, Tish and I will miss our friend, and I will cherish the 14 years we shared serving New Jersey together.” – Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin