Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the passing of former state Rep. Johnny McFerren:

“Johnny McFerren was an exemplary leader as a former state representative, teacher and Caddo Parish School Board member,” said Gov. Edwards. “He understood the importance of giving our children the tools necessary to earn a quality education and the difference it would make in their lives.  He was a champion for education at all levels, and it was an honor to appoint him to serve on the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.  Donna and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to his family and friends.”