Congressman Mike Turner brought Bootsie Neal as his guest to the 2012 White House Christmas Party. Bootsie is pictured with then-Vice President Joe Biden and with Turner.

Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement on the passing of former Dayton City Commissioner Bootsie Neal:

“Bootsie Neal was one of my dearest friends. I had the privilege of working with Bootsie while I was Mayor of Dayton to turn the city around, and I know that without her leadership and partnership we would not have balanced the city’s budget and built the baseball stadium, Schuster Center, and RiverScape. Bootsie’s legacy of service through her sorority Delta Sigma Theta as well as to the entire Dayton community will forever be cherished.”