BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The family of former Mississippi Governor Bill Allain just released a statement about his passing. In that letter, family members wrote, "Today we mourn the passing of our beloved brother and uncle Bill Allain. Bill loved the State of Mississippi and spent his life as public servant defending and representing the people of Mississippi as Assistant Attorney General and later as Attorney General. He represented the consumers of Mississippi and advocated for the average Mississippian.
"As Governor he continued to represent all Mississippians and his administration was inclusive of all people: black and white, male and female, Catholic and Protestant, rich and poor. He never forgot his upbringing and his strong Catholic faith. He was able to forge a coalition in the Legislature to work for the common good and in victory or defeat he was able to forgive and be tolerant of those with differing points of view. We as his family thank the people of Mississippi for choosing him as Attorney General in 1979 and for electing him Governor in 1983. Bill always served with honor, integrity and distinction. His Catholic faith and servant hood was the driving force in his life and career."
The letter says funeral arrangements for Mr. Allain are incomplete.
Allain was governor from January 1984 to January 1988, after serving a term as attorney general from 1980 to 1984.
He was the first Mississippi governor in modern times who could've sought a second consecutive term after the ban on gubernatorial succession was lifted in 1986. He chose not to seek re-election.
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