SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Today, Senator Jim Brulte (Ret.) issued the following statement on the passing of former California Lieutenant Governor Ed Reinecke.

"A public servant through and through, Ed Reinecke left behind a legacy of reforms from his time in Congress and as the Lieutenant Governor of California. He was a champion among Republicans and helped lead the California Republican Party in the early 1980s. He will be greatly missed. We will keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers."