Senator Kennedy’s public service spanned numerous American presidencies, Congresses and generations of Americans. In my short time serving with Senator Kennedy, I quickly came to appreciate his sense of dedication and public service.
Many Alaskans remember Senator Kennedy’s visits to our state – notably in 1968, when he joined Alaskans in mourning the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in 1971, when he promised rural Alaska help fighting poverty, a promise he made good on. I was reminded of those visits when I traveled to Bethel recently with members of President Obama’s cabinet. Senator Kennedy is one of just three senators who have the distinction of serving with all seven senators that the people of Alaska have sent to Washington, D.C.
Deborah and I send our deepest sympathies to Senator Kennedy's wife, Vicki, and the entire Kennedy family as we join the country in remembering Senator Kennedy and his contributions to our great country.
[PA's note - Sen. Begich's statement about the importance to Sen. Kennedy of affordable health care for all may or may not be forthcoming]