March 23, 2018 DFL News, Press Release

DFL Chairman Ken Martin’s Statement on the Passing of First Lady Jane Freeman

DFL Chairman Ken Martin’s Statement on the Passing of First Lady Jane Freeman

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party Chairman Ken Martin today released the following statement in honor of the passing of First Lady Jane Freeman. 

“First Lady Jane Freeman was a founding mother of the DFL. Raised during the Great Depression, she was filled with a passion for justice and opportunity from an early age. Her humanitarian heart and political savvy established her as a leader in international development, women’s empowerment, and Democratic politics. She dedicated her career to improving the lives of everyday families—whether they lived right here in Minnesota or on the other side of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with the Freeman family during this time of loss.”

Mrs. Freeman was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and educated at the University of Minnesota where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. It was there she met her husband, Orville L. Freeman, who served as Governor of Minnesota from 1955 to 1961 and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1961 to 1969.

She devoted her life to public service as a leader for various humanitarian organizations, including United Nations and UNICEF. She was National President of the Girl Scouts of America from 1978 to 1984.

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