SPECIAL STATEMENT: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow’s Comment on the Passing of Senator Hank Coe

CHEYENNE – Today I, alongside many in Wyoming, grieve the loss of Senator Hank Coe. He was my friend, a mentor, and a colleague. To my family and I, Hank is remembered as a friend and a supporter – always generous, always kind. Professionally, Hank was a mentor to me – infusing wisdom, history, and thoughtfulness into all of our work together.

Among Hank’s many legacies, he was key in developing and overseeing Wyoming’s equitable funding model. This work transformed Wyoming education. Hank led the Senate Education Committee with a keen sense of the business that would keep Wyoming schools moving in the right direction. My heart goes out to Hank’s family today, and in the days to come.