Rep. Joe Courtney
August 26, 2009
"For decades, Ted Kennedy spoke loudest for those who needed the greatest help, but often had little voice of their own. Ted Kennedy championed civil rights for minorities and the disabled, as well as passing legislation to create fairness for those who suffer mental illness.
"Senator Kennedy's leadership in Congress was admired and respected, and his absence will not go unnoticed, nor will his contribution to our nation go unheralded as future generations continue to benefit from his generosity and achievement. I have had the pleasure of knowing Senator Kennedy personally and professionally, working with him on important issues, including the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which helped lower college costs for working families and students.
"'The Lion of the Senate' has passed, but his legacy of service to America will remain for generations to come. My family and I offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the Kennedy family."