Cornyn Honors Southwest’s Herb Kelleher on Senate Floor

In: All News   Posted 01/16/2019

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) posthumously honored the life and legacy of Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of Southwest Airlines, on the Senate floor . Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“I want to share a few words about the passing of one of the airline industry's most unconventional and most successful executives.”

“He was known for his gregarious personality, his incredible work ethic, and his penchant for the nontraditional.”

“I first met Herb when I represented him in a lawsuit early in my legal career in San Antonio. He had a larger-than-life personality and it was a pleasure to know him. We can all learn a lesson from Herb about the importance of working hard, treating people with respect, and not being afraid to have a little bit of fun along the way. His entrepreneurial spirit was credited with democratizing the skies by disrupting the airline industry, and I believe he was one of the most consequential leaders in modern aviation, and we've all benefited from that.”

“So I join Herb's wife Joan, his children, his grandchildren, his many friends, and of course his beloved Southwest Airlines family in mourning the loss of this larger-than-life figure.”