JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- One of education's biggest supporters in the Mississippi Legislature has died.
Democratic Senator Alice Harden of Jackson passed away Thursday morning.
Harden, 64, was a former teacher and had served in the state senate since 1988.
She also served as the Mississippi representative on the Education Committee of the States.
Statement from Gov. Phil Bryant:
“Having served in the Mississippi Senate for twenty-four years, Sen. Alice Harden was a pioneer for civil rights and a staunch supporter of public education. She served her constituents well and will certainly be missed. I had the pleasure to work with her during my term as lieutenant governor and was always impressed with her determination to stand for her beliefs. Deborah and I are praying for her friends and family.”
Statement from Lt. Governor Phil Bryant:
“As a former teacher, Senator Harden brought her passion for improving Mississippi’s schools and universities to the State Senate. She fought diligently for all Mississippi children to have an opportunity to receive a good education. Her dedication to public service will be missed. Elee and I pray for her family during this difficult time.”