“Jane Eskind was a trailblazing pioneer, a tenacious champion for justice and social progress, a role model — especially for women — and a great friend. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but will always be grateful for her generous support, her keen wit, and her invaluable advice. Jane made me and many others better public servants. As the first woman to win statewide election in Tennessee and a stalwart of the Democratic Party, Jane made sure that women were not only included in our state’s political discussions, but were often leading them. She was a force of nature and an inspiration, and I was lucky to call her my friend.
I send my deepest sympathies to Dick, Ellen, Billy and the entire Eskind family. I, along with all of Tennessee, will miss her."