Political leaders react to death of Love’s Travel Stops founder

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The death this week of Love’s store chain founder Tom Love in Oklahoma City brought an outpouring of condolences from some of the state’s top politicians.

Congressman Tom Cole said he was deeply saddened by the loss of his dear friend and fellow Chickasaw citizen.

” Tom was a superb Oklahoman and American. There are few of his like, and he will be profoundly missed by many,” said Rep. Cole in a statement.

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Cole described Love as an intelligent and successful businessman who always remained humble and grounded.

“He loved his home state of Oklahoma and never forgot where he came from. Not only was he charitable, donating to healthcare and education initiatives in the state, he also gave his skill and knowledge while serving as Chairman of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission during the Keating Administration. He always wanted to make Oklahoma a better place.”

Congresswoman Stephanie Bice offered her sympathies.

“It is impossible to overstate the impact Tom Love has had on Oklahoma and across America. He was a gifted business leader and strong family man committed to serving and bettering our community. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing, and I have Judy and the entire Love family in my thoughts and prayers.”

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, offered his prayers and support for the Love family.

“Today, Oklahoma is mourning the loss of Tom Love, an innovative businessman with a heart for philanthropy. After successfully growing the business he owned with his wife, Judy, into one of the country’s most recognizable brands, he spent years giving back to the state. Tom made a profound impact on thousands of lives and his generosity cannot be understated.”

Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said Oklahoma City and the state would look drastically different without the philanthropy and generosity of Tom Love and his family.

“He and his wife, Judy, worked tirelessly throughout their careers and marriage to grow their family-owned business, while never hesitating to give back to the community and causes they believed in. Tom will be missed tremendously but deserves to be celebrated for all his accomplishments and service to others.”