WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement on the passing of former Delaware Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV.

"Pete du Pont cared deeply about his state and country, and his sense of duty and level of dedication were self-evident during a long career in public service, whether he was serving as a naval officer, congressman, or governor. Pete labored tirelessly to strengthen our state finances, and he knew the importance of bringing businesses to Delaware. He will be missed by many and remembered for his kind, authentic, and good-humored nature."