Rep. Barney Frank
August 26, 2009
Senator Kennedy’s death is an incalculable loss to the country. His leadership on so many issues, and his emphasis on reducing unfairness in our lives made him one of our greatest national assets. He was the most effective Senator in American history because of his great talent and the respect that other Senators had for him.
The state of Massachusetts has lost our most effective advocate at the national level because Senator Kennedy never let his leadership on national issues in any way diminish his commitment to the people of Massachusetts. Finally, on a personal level having had the chance to work with him was a great privilege. His generosity of spirit and gift for friendship made being his colleague a joy. We have lost a great American hero.