Rep. Bob McCaslin releases statement on the passing of WSU President Elson Floyd

Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, issued the following statement on the passing of WSU President Elson Floyd:

“Words cannot describe the sadness I feel by Dr. Elson Floyd's passing. I mourn with his family and pray for them and the entire WSU community during this difficult time.

Dr. Floyd was a great man and a great leader. He was beloved by all who knew him, including my daughter, who currently attends WSU as I did. I first met Dr. Floyd in January when he came to my office to discuss a bill that would create a medical school at WSU. I knew how beneficial a new medical school would be for the university and for the state, but seeing his passion and enthusiasm got me even more excited that I had cosponsored the bill. That bill would not have passed without his tireless work ethic in taking dozens of trips to Olympia to meet with legislators. His leadership made all the difference, as it often did in ways big and small. The last time I saw Dr. Floyd, we were celebrating the passage of that bill, which is a memory I will always cherish.

Dr. Floyd's loss will not just be felt at the university, but it will also be felt around the state. Remarkable men like him cannot be replaced, but they can be honored, revered and emulated. Dr. Floyd will be deeply missed.”

Legislators and WSU President Elson Floyd meet following the passage of HB 1559, a bill to create a medical school at Washington State University.

Photo caption (L-R): Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima; Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane; WSU President Elson Floyd; Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane; Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane; Rep. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley


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