“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of former Governor Joe Kernan. Joe was a true patriot who also was the shining example of a public servant. Service is what immediately comes to mind when I think of Joe: a veteran who endured the rigors and cruelty of being a POW; and a trusted official as the mayor of South Bend and both lieutenant governor and governor of our state. As lieutenant governor, he was a beloved member of our Indiana Senate family, presiding over the chamber with grace, dignity, and always with that famous twinkle in his eye. My most heartfelt sympathies go out to Maggie and all who, like me, are so proud and grateful to have known Joe Kernan.”