Rep. Barbara Lee

California; Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus

“Today we mourn the loss of a man whose life has shown us the true meaning of ‘to whom much is given much is required.’ Ted Kennedy always showed great compassion for those less fortunate and dedicated his life to improving the lives of others throughout the world.

“In the halls of Congress, he was a true champion for justice. In particular, his tireless work on the issues of education, healthcare, and civil rights helped shape some of the most meaningful pieces of legislation over the last four decades. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been honored and privileged to work with him on these issues over the years. His legacy will continue to inspire us to fight the good fight.

“Ted was a true American hero. His giving sprit and warm smile will be sorely missed. The Congressional Black Caucus wishes to express sincere condolences to his wife Victoria Kennedy, his children Kara, Edward Jr. and our colleague Congressman Patrick Kennedy and the entire Kennedy family. May they find comfort in their deep and abiding faith during this time of loss.”