Doris Matsui To Succeed Late Husband in Congress

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 9, 2005

As the results were first starting to come at Matsui’s campaign headquarters last night, it was clear that she would take the election. Matsui easily surpassed the 50-percent of the vote she needed to win. During her victory speech she told supporters that she intends to carry on her husband’s legacy.

I made a promise to all of you, I said no one will work harder to strengthen the Sacramento we love or to build the America we deserve. I thank you so very, very much.

Former Sacramento state Assemblyman Darrel Steinberg was in the audience. He was one of the first names mentioned as a possible candidate to run for Robert Matsui’s seat but backed off when Matsui’s wife announced her decision to run. 

She’s definitely well connected in Washington which I think will be a great benefit to Sacramento when it comes to flood control. I’m very pleased with the way it’s all turned out.

Doris Matsui becomes the nation’s 45th congressional widow since 1923 to assume the seat of her late husband. She is expected to be sworn into tomorrow in Washington D-C.

Steve Milne - KXJZ news.