Tributes to the late Harlan Mathews

From former President Bill Clinton:
Harlan Mathews was my friend, an extraordinary public servant, and a true gentleman respected by Democrats and Republicans alike for his masterful knowledge of policy and his principled, honest dealing. In addition to his nearly half-century of service in Tennessee, I will always be grateful for the years he spent in the Senate, during which he cast important votes for the 1993 economic plan and the 1994 crime bill, votes which made our nation more prosperous and safer. My thoughts and prayers are with Pat, Harlan’s entire family, and his many friends in Nashville and across the country.

From David Lillard, current state treasurer:
“I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Harlan Mathews. He was a great leader and a wonderful person. He was the father of the modern Tennessee Treasury Department. During his service as state Treasurer, the department established its unclaimed property program, its 401(k) and 457 plans and its chairs of excellence program, to name only a few of his many initiatives. He also managed the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, the retirement program for state workers, teachers and other public employees, in a financially prudent manner which still has a positive impact for retirees and future retirees to this day. Senator Mathews has been a good friend to me personally during my service as Treasurer. His support for the Treasury Department he loved and its employees never wavered. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow and family.”

From U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander:
“Except for his great friend Ned McWherter, no one had more friends around the state capitol than Harlan Mathews did. He served our state and our country with distinction. Honey and I send our sympathy to Patsy and to their family.”

From former Gov. Phil Bredesen:
“I first met Harlan through Ned McWherter but really got to know him as a hunting companion in the years that followed — a campfire is a better place than a conference room to find out what someone is really like. Most of all, he was a generous man in every way: with his time, his resources and in his appraisals of others. He knew how to be partisan and still respect the opinions and motives of those who disagreed with him.”

From U.S. Sen. Bob Corker:
“I will never forget the tremendous kindness that Harlan and Pat Mathews showed to Elizabeth and me when we moved to Nashville in the middle 90s to assume our first role in public service,” said Corker. “Harlan was a great friend, always available with a sage word of advice, and a true gentleman devoted to public service. He was beloved throughout our state and will be missed.”