CalChamber President Statement on Passing of Governor George Deukmejian

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg released the following statement today on the passing of Governor George Deukmejian:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Governor George Deukmejian, one of the most popular leaders in California’s history.  Governor Deukmejian’s humility and passion for doing what was best for California is a model for all who seek public service.  He inspired me and many others by his compassion for all Californians and his empathy for those who suffered political oppression.  He served the people through his unparalleled leadership on public safety, quality judicial appointments, fiscal stewardship, response to natural disasters such as the Loma Prieta earthquake, and doing the unexpected including — his effort to create the first assault weapons ban.”

From left to right: Governor George Deukmejian and Allan Zaremberg

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