Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., released this statement after hearing of the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., late Tuesday:
“Ted Kennedy’s wit and stories, his passion for a cause and his country, and his love for the Senate just made you want to go to work every day,” Klobuchar said. “I had the privilege to serve with Ted Kennedy in the Senate for just two years. He was a mentor to so many of us just starting out, not in the traditional ‘this is how you get it done’ way, but instead as an inspiration. He never gave up and had a fiery zest for the legislative battles that was always tempered by a bipartisan pragmatism. He was incredibly strong and effective and had the deep respect of everyone that worked with him.”
Kennedy died after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. The 77-year-old, who had been absent from the Capitol in recent months, chaired the Senate Health Committee and was one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress.
For a complete story on Kennedy’s life, go here.