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Rep. Glenn Thompson Remembers the Late Senator Arlen Specter

by on October 15, 2012 2:01 PM

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter died Sunday after battling non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, according to a family statement. He was 82.

Specter, known for being outspoken in the United States Congress, came under scrutiny in 2009 when he switched parties after being a longtime Republican.

U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson issued a statement from Washington D.C. on Monday on Specter's passing. Thompson is a representative of Pennsylvania's fifth district, which includes Centre County. 

"My wife Penny and I are saddened by the passing of Arlen Specter. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones as we mourn the loss of a dedicated public servantand tireless advocate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," Thompson said.

President Barack Obama had kind words to say as he remembered the longtime politician in a statement on Sunday.

"Arlen Specter was always a fighter," Obama said. "From his days stamping out corruption as a prosecutor in Philadelphia to his three decades of service in the Senate, Arlen was fiercely independent — never putting party or ideology ahead of the people he was chosen to serve."

A funeral service is scheduled Tuesday at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley and will be open to the public.



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