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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Statement on Passing of Southwest Co-Founder Herb Kelleher

Jan 3, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today released the following statement on the passing of Southwest Airlines Co-Founder, Herb Kelleher, who died at the age of 87:

“Southwest Airlines is part of the fabric of North Texas, and no one embodies the spirit of the company more than Herb Kelleher. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing today. Since the first Southwest flight took off from Dallas Love Field Airport in 1971, Mr. Kelleher forever changed the trajectory of the DFW Metroplex. For the first time, flying was inexpensive and accessible for all Americans, and this was because of Herb Kelleher.

“My sincere condolences are with the Kellehers and the Southwest family he loved so deeply. Let us celebrate the life of a man who made the awe and beauty of flight possible for so many to experience.”

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