Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on Passing of Cokie Roberts

September 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of journalist, political commentator and historian Cokie Roberts:

“Today is a sad day for America.  The passing of Cokie Roberts is a great official loss for our nation, and a deep personal loss for all who were blessed to call Cokie a friend.

“Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom and in our history books.  Over five decades of celebrated journalism, Cokie shone a powerful light on the unsung women heroes who built our nation, but whose stories had long gone untold.  As she helped tell the full story of America’s history, she helped shape its future – inspiring countless young women and girls to follow in her groundbreaking footsteps.

“Cokie was born into a family who saw public service as a noble calling.  The Boggs’ family legacy is part of the legacy of the Congress.  Proudly and lovingly representing Louisiana, her father who served as House Majority Leader and her extraordinary mother, the Ambassador and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, dedicated decades to advancing a more equal, fair and just America.  Cokie’s success in chronicling the full, diverse story of our nation leaves a beautiful legacy for generations to come. 

“Cokie Roberts’ warmth, wit and wisdom will be deeply missed by all.  May it be a comfort to her husband Steven, their children Rebecca and Lee, and their six grandchildren that so many mourn their loss and pray for them during this sad time.”