House Democratic leaders’ statement on Karen Coates

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – House Democratic leaders issued a statement after learning of the passing of Karen Coates, chief of staff to the House Speaker.


“Karen had a brilliant life and career. It ended far too soon. All of us in the House of Representatives will deeply miss her presence and her wise counsel. When tempers flared and legislative battles got hot, Karen had a way of keeping all of us grounded so that we could find some sort of agreement.


“There’s not a single Pennsylvania law passed in recent years that Karen Coates did not help to shape. She was a natural leader and an integral part of the House staff who helped us get through our toughest moments.


“We grieve with all of her loved ones and with the House members and staff to whom she meant so much. This is a terrible loss not only for the House, but for our commonwealth.”