Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of Ray Brandt:

"Donna and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Ray Brandt. A true believer in providing a quality education for all of our children, he served our state faithfully as a long time member of the Louisiana Board of Regents and as chairman of the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission. He also lived to celebrate our culture and just a few years ago he served as king of the Mystic Krewe of Louisianans during the Washington DC Mardi Gras. Ray’s impact on our state will be remembered for many years to come. Please join us in prayer for his wife Jessica and their family and friends."