Statements on the Passing of SF Mayor Ed Lee
CAPAC Chair Judy Chu Statement on Passing of Mayor Ed Lee
Washington, DC – Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released
the following statement in reaction to the sudden and unexpected death of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, who passed
away early Tuesday morning:
“A terrible hole has been created in the hearts of San Franciscans and any who had the pleasure of knowing Ed Lee as
family or friend, as I did. While the sudden loss of Ed is painful, through his many achievements, he will be remembered.
History will remember him as the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco. His constituents will remember him as a
principled leader who, while overseeing a period of historic growth and prosperity, chose to champion the homeless and
vulnerable while also making his city a global symbol of success. And I will remember him as a dear and wise friend.
“Growing up as the son of immigrants and one of six children in Seattle public housing, Ed faced both economic hardship
and racial prejudice. As a lawyer, these experiences would continue to inspire his work, whether helping residents of a
public housing project to organize or standing up for women and people of color in the workforce. His drive to succeed
made him the first in his family to graduate college. Later, as mayor, his geniality made him a consensus builder, which
enabled him to lift up communities so none would feel excluded.
“Ed will be deeply missed, and my condolences go out to his wife Anita, his two daughters Brianna and Tania, his whole
family, and all who loved him.”
OCA Mourns the Loss of Mayor Ed Lee
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates mourns the loss of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Early Tuesday morning, Lee
passed away of cardiac arrest. He was surrounded by his family, friends and closest colleagues.
Mayor Ed Lee was a prominent civil rights lawyer who began his career championing fair housing opportunities in the Bay
Area with the Asian Law Caucus. After a decade there, he worked his way through city government including the city's
human rights commissioner, city administrator, and finally as the city's mayor in 2011. He is most recently known for his
State of the City address regarding sanctuary cities, declaring that San Francisco would be a safe home for immigrants
"now, tomorrow, forever."
Mayor Lee was a leader by example and inspired many civil rights advocates. OCA sends deepest condolences to his
family and friends, and will remember his legacy as we continue in our fight for equality and equity for all Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders.
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the
social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
Statement of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin on the Recent Death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Ed Lee was a true tireless champion of LGBT equality, and equality for all. At his urging, and under his leadership, Mayors
Against LGBT Discrimination was founded to be a voice for LGBT equality and has grown to more than 250 mayors
Mayor Lee was committed to taking a stand for the dignity and respect of all of his constituents, including LGBT people, and
the impact of his good work has been felt across the country for decades.
We send his family and loved ones our deepest condolences — we hope the memory of his tremendous character will
bring them comfort during this hard time. He was a personal dear friend and a great leader. He will be truly missed.
DNC on the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee
DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong released the following statement after the passing of
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mayor Ed Lee. Our thoughts are with his family and all of the people of San
Francisco at this difficult time.
“As the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco, Ed was a tireless public servant and a trailblazer in the AAPI
community. From his early days as a civil rights lawyer fighting for the rights of immigrant communities to his leadership in
City Hall, Ed dedicated his life to improving the lives of others and making his city stronger. He was a lifelong champion for
affordable housing, and thanks to his fight to give workers the wages they deserve, San Francisco will move to a $15
minimum wage next year.
“Anyone who had the opportunity to work with Ed over the years knew his kindness and compassion for others. His legacy
is an inspiration to all of us at the DNC, and we will keep fighting every day for the issues that mattered most to him.”