Comment Of Senator Leahy On The Death Of Former Senator Ted Stevens Of Alaska

Ted Stevens loved his state, he loved his country and served it in uniform and in other ways from World War II on, and he loved the Senate.  I worked with him for 34 years on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and we traveled together to Alaska and overseas, visiting our men and women in uniform.

He was a tough negotiator and a savvy legislator.  But as I told him again last month, he was an old-school senator.  He always kept his word to me and to other senators.  In moments of legislative battle he would come onto the floor wearing his Hulk tie, and he would growl and act like a bulldog.  But then he would spot friends on the floor and give a wink and a grin.

I will miss him, and Marcelle and I send our love and condolences to Catherine, Lily and all of Ted’s family.

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