WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. 

“John and I are mourning the loss of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. She will always be near and dear to the hearts of Minnesotans from the first time she stepped foot in our state. The “Grits and Fritz” Carter/ Mondale ticket was not just Jimmy and Walter, it was also Rosalynn and Joan! 

Rosalynn was dedicated to her country. She was dedicated to her church. But above all else, she was dedicated to her family including her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and of course, her husband, President Jimmy Carter, who called marrying her “the best thing” he ever did. 

An advocate for better mental health care and an invaluable source of guidance and strength for President Carter, her life was one of service to the nation. I visited President Carter and Rosalynn at their home in Georgia a few years ago, where she made us Pimento Cheese sandwiches, and she was as endearing and wise as ever. America will miss her.”