President Obama Releases Statement on Passing of Senator Edward Brooke

Former Senator Edward William Brooke (R-MA) speaks during a ceremony to honor him with the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the US Capitol on October 28, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Brooke, a two-term Republican senator from 1967-1979, was the first African-American elected to the senate by popular vote.    JONATHAN ERNST/GETTY IMAGES
Former Senator Edward William Brooke (R-MA) speaks during a ceremony to honor him with the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the US Capitol on October 28, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Brooke, a two-term Republican senator from 1967-1979, was the first African-American elected to the senate by popular vote.
JONATHAN ERNST/GETTY IMAGES

While mourning the loss former U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke, President Barack Obama and others praised him as a giant who left an outsize footprint on America’s political landscape.

“Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator Edward Brooke,” the president said in a statement. “Senator Brooke led an extraordinary life of public service, including his time in the US Army.”

As the first African American elected as a state’s Attorney General and first black U.S. Senator elected after Reconstruction, Brooke stood at the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness, President Obama said. “During his time in elected office, he sought to build consensus and understanding across partisan lines, always working towards practical solutions to our nation’s challenges.”

The president was not alone in his sentiments.

Click here to read more

Source: The Root

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s