The Senate has “expressed its ‘profound sorrow and deep regret’ over the death of former Sen. Ted Stevens, a commanding presence there for four decades,” the AP reports.
The chamber, which has lost venerable Sens. Edward Kennedy and Robert Byrd in just the last two years, paid tribute Thursday to the 86-year-old Stevens, who was killed Monday in a plane crash in his native Alaska. He was recognized, especially, for being the longest-serving Republican in the chamber.
A memorial resolution also noted his service as a pilot during World War II, his central role in securing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in 1959 and his legislative achievements.
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