Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Jane Morrison

July 6, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of legendary progressive organizer Jane Morrison at age 100:

“All San Franciscans are heartbroken by the passing of Jane Morrison: a historic and trailblazing force for progress in America, beloved by all who were blessed to know her.

“Jane and her late husband, former San Francisco Supervisor Jack Morrison, lived their lives at the crossroads of some of the most pivotal moments of our nation’s history.  Jane helped elect several of our most transformational leaders, from President John F. Kennedy to California Governor Jerry Brown.  In 2012, I had the great honor to appoint Jane, who was born before women had won the right to vote, to cast our district’s vote in the Electoral College for President Barack Obama: a true measure of our progress as a nation.

“Jane and her husband Jack were grassroots champions who brought good humor, boundless energy and extraordinary persistence to their lives’ mission to make our City and Country more just, equal and fair.  Jane was a volunteer in the truest sense: dedicating every degree of her time, energy and passion to achieving social justice.  For five decades, she was a godmother of progressive causes in our city who brought unwavering grace from empowering women to combating homelessness to championing the environment and the economic prosperity of San Franciscans.

“Jane was a mentor and friend to so many.  Personally, I learned so much from her.  May her lifetime of courageous leadership be a source of inspiration to all in San Francisco.  And may it be a comfort to Gimmy Park Li and all Jane’s loved ones that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”