Lasonde laments passing of Medal of Freedom winner Mikva
Abner Mikva, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2014, passed away on July 4, prompting a recent tribute from Ninth Congressional District Republican Candidate Joan Lasonde, campaigning from Winnetka.
“Abner Mikva was truly honorable,” Lasonde said. “I was sad to hear today of his passing. A passionate man interested in an honest government that served all Americans, former Congressman Mikva promoted healthy, civil discourse to the end, introducing young people to politics with the Mikva Challenge.”
Mikva died on Independence Day in Chicago at age 90. He was well known both in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as a liberal reformer with outstanding integrity. Following his 1979 nomination by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, he became White House counsel for President Bill Clinton in 1994.
“[Mikva] and I have many differences on policy, but I would think he would welcome my efforts to build bridges across the Ninth District, a significant portion of which was part of his 10th District,” Lasonde said. “Thank you for a lifetime of service, Congressman and Judge Mikva.”
Illinois' Ninth Congressional District is located in a portion of Cook County and includes the cities of Evanston and Skokie, as well as parts of northern Chicago.