Former Rep. Jeff Coy Remembered in House Chamber, Says Kauffman
10/15/2018
Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) today paid tribute in the House chamber to his predecessor Rep. Jeff Coy who passed away on June 4. Pictured (from left) are Speaker of the House Mike Turzai; Kauffman; Coy’s wife, Jo Anne Coy; family friend Denise Yarwood; and former House employees and co-workers of Coy, Paul Resch, current director of gaming operations for the Gaming Control Board; Doug Harbach, current director of communication.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) today paid tribute to his predecessor, Rep. Jeff Coy who passed away on June 4 of this year. Coy represented the 89th Legislative District in Franklin and Cumberland counties from 1982 to 2004. During his tenure, he served as both Democratic Caucus chairman and secretary.

“Yes, I am a Republican and Jeff was a Democrat. And in election years, we would find ourselves on opposite sides. But far too often in this building and in society we are defined by our partisan differences. As statesmen, we must find room to put aside those differences. When it comes to honoring Jeff today, I look to the Book of Romans. Romans 13:7 teaches us that ‘Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor,’ said Kauffman. “Today, it is my privilege to stand and honor Rep. Jeff Coy for his tireless service to the people of the 89th legislative district. Jeff will forever be a part of this institution, and the work he did while in office will forever be remembered and appreciated by those he represented.”

In addition to Kauffman, remarks were also given by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) and Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny) of the House Masonic Caucus, of which Coy had been a member; and House Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmorland), a former colleague of Coy’s.

To view footage of the tribute to Coy given in the House chamber, go here.

Coy’s wife, Jo Anne, was present for the tribute to her husband, as well as friends and former colleagues of Coy.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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