Statement on the Passing of Senator Ted Stevens

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2010

Honolulu, Hawaii – U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka issued the following statement:

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.