Hoeven Statement on the Passing of Wally Beyer

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the passing of Wally Beyer, prominent figure in North Dakota’s rural electric cooperatives:

“Wally Beyer’s 25 years as general manager at Verendrye Electrical Cooperative were a testament to his commitment to the state’s rural electric cooperatives and providing the people of North Dakota with affordable and reliable energy.

“Wally’s community involvements are too numerous to list in their entirety, but they encompassed a range of causes, from economic development to housing to veterans affairs. In 1993, President Bill Clinton named Wally the administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration, an office he served in for six years at a critical time in the agency’s history.

“The bottom line for me and many other North Dakotans, however, was Wally’s tremendous devotion to North Dakota and his many efforts to make it a better place for all of us. That will be his legacy.”