Remembering Nelda Laney

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CPPP mourns the death of Nelda Laney, wife of former Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney. The Laneys have been long-time supporters of CPPP and together made major strides to improve our great state. CPPP honored Pete Laney with our Texas Legacy Award in 2007.

Throughout Mrs. Laney’s life, she was a champion for her husband and was active in numerous charities and civic causes. She was instrumental in restoring the gorgeous Texas Captiol in the 1990s, raising private funds for renovations and serving as vice chair of the Texas Capitol Restoration Celebration. She created a series of collectible Texas Capitol ornaments for the continued preservation and educational programming of the Capitol. Between 1996 and 2002, Mrs. Laney handled all phases of the project and sold more than 300,000 ornaments generating more than $2 million for the Capitol. She served on numerous boards, including the Texas Tech University Alumni Association and the Texas Book Festival.

We send our condolences to the Laney family and will always remember the warmth and leadership of Nelda Laney.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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