Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement today after learning of the passing of Waterloo resident W. Louis Beecher:
"I'm saddened to hear of the death of my longtime friend and mentor, W. Lewis Beecher. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Louis over the past 30 years. He left an indelible mark on Waterloo and the state of Iowa. His vision and leadership paved the way for many of the advancements in the community I've called home since 1983. His death leaves a huge void and his friendship will be missed."