Funeral Arrangements Pending for Longtime State Official Harlan Mathews

Former U.S. Sen. and Deputy Gov. Harlan Mathews died this morning from brain cancer. He was 87. A graduate of the Nashville School of Law, Mathews was a fixture at the Capitol for all but a couple of years from 1950 into the 1990s, serving under four Democratic governors and holding the constitutional office of state treasurer — a position elected by the General Assembly — from 1974 to 1987. He also served in the U.S. Senate for two years after being appointed to fill the remainder of Vice President Al Gore’s term. “Harlan Mathews was my friend, an extraordinary public servant, and a true gentleman respected by Democrats and Republicans alike for his masterful knowledge of policy and his principled, honest dealing," former President Bill Clinton said in a statement. "In addition to his nearly half-century of service in Tennessee, I will always be grateful for the years he spent in the Senate, during which he cast important votes for the 1993 economic plan and the 1994 crime bill, votes which made our nation more prosperous and safer." The Tennessean reports funeral arrangements are pending.