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Statement from Senators Inouye and Akaka on the death of Ted Stevens

The following is a statement issued by Senator Daniel Inouye on the death of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Irene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our dear friend, and my brother, Ted Stevens. His wife, Catherine, and his entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most this difficult time.

Our friendship was a very special one. When it came to policy, we disagreed more often than we agreed, but we were never disagreeable with one another. We were always positive and forthright. Senator Stevens and I worked together to ensure that the small non-contiguous states of Hawaii and Alaska were not forgotten by the lower 48 and to ensure that the nation awoke to the importance of the Pacific for our economy and international relations.

I will never forget him.

Ted Stevens was an extraordinary American. He risked his life while serving in China with the Flying Tigers in World War II. He was a leader in the Senate, having served as Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairman of the Commerce Committee, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate.

I have lost my brother.

The following is a statement issued by Senator Daniel Akaka on the death of former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska:

Our country has lost a great American.  Ted Stevens cared deeply for the people of Alaska and the United States.  He dedicated his career to the security and well being of the country. 

He brought strength and passion to the Senate for many decades.  We worked together on issues facing our home states.  He was a friend of Hawaii and he understood the United States' responsibility to its indigenous people. 

He was a dear friend.  We were ohana. 

Millie and I send our warm aloha and deepest condolences to Catherine and all of Ted's family. 

Ted, mahalo nui loa for so many years of dedication and friendship.  You will be missed.

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