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For Immediate Release
January 18, 2019

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PA Chamber Expresses Condolences on Passing of Karen Coates

HARRISBURG - PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today following news of the passing of Karen Coates, chief of staff to House Speaker Mike Turzai:


“Karen was a formidable force in the state House.  She made history as Pennsylvania’s first female chief of staff in the office of the Speaker, but her legacy goes far beyond that due to the breadth of her experience; knowledge of the issues and the legislative process; and her ability to work across both sides of the aisle.  She was a valuable resource to the legislature and to other organizations who were fortunate enough to know and work with her.  Her keen intellect, wit, passion for public service and dedication to her family were all traits for which she was appreciated and will be remembered.  We at the Chamber had the great privilege to call Karen a friend and she will be deeply missed.  We send our heartfelt condolences to Karen’s family, friends and Speaker Turzai’s office.”


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