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August 26th, 2009
Doggett makes statement on Kennedy

The late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) speaks at Texas State in support of Barak Obama in February 2008. U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) is to Kennedy’s left, clapping. University Star photo provided by Doggett’s office.

STAFF REPORT

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), whose Congressional district includes Hays County, issued the following statement on the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy:

“What a great loss at this critical time in American history.  Having worked with Senator Kennedy personally as well as with his son, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, my first thoughts and prayers are with his family.  Last February, we were together at a rally in Evans Auditorium on the Texas State campus.  Once again, he really moved everyone there with his compelling call for change and strong support for Barack Obama.   He was a particularly forceful advocate on behalf of more student financial assistance so that all students could fulfill their full potential.  His remarkable insight is reflected in every piece of legislation on health care, education, worker rights and more enacted during the last three decades.  Inspired by his lifetime of leadership, we must redouble our efforts to provide access to affordable, quality healthcare to all Americans.”

Before Kennedy appeared with Doggett last February at the Texas State rally in support of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, Doggett held a town hall meeting on health care with the Senator’s son, Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Senator Kennedy’s nephew, Max Kennedy, also made numerous appearances on behalf of now President Barack Obama.

Kennedy, 77, died Tuesday of brain cancer.

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