Congressman García’s Statement on the Passing of Courtney Ann Neale

June 7, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement upon the sudden passing on May 23nd of Team Chuy’s press secretary and digital manager Courtney Ann Neale:

“It is still hard to fully express how much we miss Courtney’s spirit, her energy, and her strength. She was an activist to her core and a humble public servant. After she was diagnosed with medical conditions that changed her daily life, Courtney continued to fight for women, working-class people, immigrants, and communities of color—and a world where health care and education are guaranteed rights.

“While she was known as our office’s authority on all things social media, she gracefully filled many other roles in her personal life: she was an intrepid traveler, an avid reader, a dog lover, and beloved daughter, sister, and friend. Her memory is more than a legacy—it is a call to action, to take care of yourself and to take care of others, to give selflessly and savor what you have. Courtney dared to dream then challenged us to act. Alongside the many joyful memories she leaves with us, it is those actions that we remember. On and off Capitol Hill, Courtney helped advance the progressive cause, and through it all remained a kind and grounded person.

“My prayers are with Courtney’s parents, Jill and Kevin, her sister Marissa, and the incredible network of friends she made along the way. As we mourn her passing, we also resolve ourselves to honor her legacy by continuing to fight for the better, fairer world that she so ardently believed in.”