July 11, 2014
July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, July 23, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement on the passing of former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh:
“I was saddened to hear about the recent passing of Governor Victor Atiyeh of Oregon. As the son of Syrian immigrants, Gov. Atiyeh was the first individual of Arab descent elected to serve as governor in the United States. He paved the way for other Arab Americans, including myself, as a role model for public service.
Serving Oregon through the 1980’s, Gov. Atiyeh faithfully made the hard choices that put the best interests of his state first. He also chaired the Republican Governors Association, leading his peers as part of the vanguard of the Reagan Revolution of less intrusive government.
My heartfelt condolences go out to Gov. Atiyeh’s wife Dolores, his two children and grandchildren. His example and inspiration live on.”
Governor Victor Atiyeh passed away at age 91 in Oregon on Sunday.