Nashville, TN — Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement on the passing of political legend, Jane Eskind.

“Imagine how unbreakable the glass ceiling in Tennessee must have looked in 1964 when Jane Eskind began her work in Democratic politics. But she was dedicated and persevered and broke through it with gusto, and we are thankful for her many “firsts:” the first woman, Democratic or Republican, to win a statewide nomination, the first woman to be elected to a statewide office, and the first woman to chair the Tennessee Democratic Party.

All women in Tennessee politics today stand on Jane’s shoulders. She has left a legacy that few will ever match and my love, thoughts, and prayers are with her friends, family and all who knew her.”