Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
"She was a caring person who often became the voice of the defenseless. Her advocacy on behalf of Michigan children, women and families resulted in landmark laws, including domestic violence legislation that was among the nation's strongest. She also championed environmental protection, authoring the Sand Dunes Protection Act and introducing the 1983 Quality of Life Bonding Bill that enhanced environmental cleanup and our state park system.
"Her own service was pioneering as well. Connie earned a special place in Michigan history upon her election as lieutenant governor, becoming the first woman to hold leadership positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government.
"Connie's contributions to the welfare of our state are immeasurable. All of Michigan is grateful for her years of unselfish service. On behalf of our state, I extend my deepest sympathy to her family."