Released by the office of Gov. Rick Perry

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

“The passing of Prime Minister Thatcher marks the end of an era in which bold conservative values faced down tyranny and oppression to open the doors of freedom and democracy for countless people around the world. Prime Minister Thatcher served with grace, dignity and an "iron" will. Her legacy will inspire new generations to embrace the conservative principles that promote political and economic freedom. Please join Anita and me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Prime Minister Thatcher's family.”