LANGHORNE, Pa – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa-08) released the following statement this afternoon on the passing of former Senator Arlen Specter:
“The passing of Arlen Specter represents a loss to the people of Pennsylvania he represented for three decades in the United States Senate and to the country he served so diligently throughout his career.
In the history of our Commonwealth, few men have had such an impact on the lives of so many, from the constituents he served, to the careers he started, to his wife Joan, his sons Shanin and Steve, and his four granddaughters.
A man who put his constituents and his principles ahead of party loyalty and never one to give up without a fight, Arlen Specter will forever serve as an example to future generations as a true public servant.
Having worked with Arlen on issues ranging from judicial nominees to bringing the National Veterans Cemetery to Bucks County, I know firsthand that he was a fierce advocate for his beliefs and his constituents.
My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Specter’s family and friends in these difficult times.”
Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia, his family said. He was 82.