Statement from state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) on the passing of Mayor Tom Baldini:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"It is with a heavy heart that our office has learned of the passing of Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini today. He was a pioneer in Marquette politics, working as the U.P. representative for Governor Blanchard, political advisor for Congressman Bart Stupak and appointed chairman for the prestigious International Joint Commission under President Clinton, among many, many other positions throughout his career. He was also a beloved history teacher at Marquette Senior High School, where everywhere he went people noted that 'Mr. Baldini was my government teacher!' and oftentimes adding, 'my favorite teacher.'

"Jason, Mary and I all got the opportunity to work with Tom through the Marquette County Democratic Party, reporting for the Mining Journal and as a fellow Marquette city commissioner. While we are still in shock, and though all of us had many more conversations we were supposed to have with Tom in the near future, we ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. This is a huge loss for not only our local communities, but also for our entire region and state. His legacy and enormous impact on politics will forever be remembered.”