Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder issued this statement concerning the death of former Gov. Warren Hearnes:
I am deeply saddened today by the passing of Gov. Hearnes.
"Gov. Hearnes' legacy of public service will forever be an inspiration to us all.
"As a former state representative, secretary of state and chief executive, Gov. Hearnes dedicated much of his life in service to the citizens of the great State of Missouri. He also served his nation proudly as a graduate of West Point and in the United States Army.
"As a fellow Southeast Missourian, I can truly say how proud we were to call Gov. Hearnes one of us.
"I send my deepest sympathies to Betty, their children and the entire Hearnes family. Today, Missouri owes a debt of gratitude to the Hearnes family for their commitment to our state."