Tributes to the late John Jay Hooker

Tributes to the late John Jay Hooker:

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: “John Jay Hooker Jr.’s remarkable personality spread a bright light across Tennessee government and politics for a half century. He had friends everywhere. Honey and I will greatly miss his enthusiasm, his sense of purpose, and his friendship.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper: “John Jay’s great friends Seigenthaler and Barrett were the stuff of history. John Jay was the stuff of legend. His exploits were all true, just larger than life. People will be telling John Jay stories for generations, loving the vitality, grace and charm of perhaps the most unique figure in Tennessee history.”

Tennessee Democratic Chair Mary Mancini:
“Today we mourn the loss of the John Jay Hooker, but we also celebrate his extraordinary life. For decades Mr. Hooker was a role model for progressives across Tennessee and the country. Never afraid to take a stand for what he believed was right, this larger than life man guided an entire generation of politicians and citizens to do the same. His defining presence and his generous spirit will be missed.”