Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) issued the following statement on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass).
“The passing of Senator Ted Kennedy is a tragic loss for our nation. Not only have we lost one of the great icons of American politics but we have also lost a man who dedicated his life to being a champion of the American people.
Senator Kennedy’s lifetime of tireless service truly made our country a better place. He inspired millions of Americans and fought with great courage and unmatched skill for many righteous causes. He lent his powerful voice to those in our nation who needed it the most. Improving education, civil rights and healthcare as well as protecting the environment and improving the lives of children and Americans living with disabilities are among his many accomplishments.
I will always cherish the memories of working and speaking with Senator Kennedy. He was a charismatic leader with a big heart and a great smile. We can never thank him enough for dedicating his life to make our nation better. He will be missed but never forgotten.
As we grieve his loss and remember his leadership and service to our nation, we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, children and the entire Kennedy family.”