Sadness crosses the nation mourning the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009), passionate advocate for education, racial harmony, and for reforming labor and health laws. Kennedy's lifetime commitment to health reform top the list of accomplishments noted by his office in announcing his death: "Throughout his career, Senator Kennedy has fought to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality, affordable health care. This was the cause of his life." His advocacy for people with a mental illness, and commitment to ending discrimination in mental health insurance are among his legendary accomplishments earning respect and affection. Sen. Pete Domenici is among the many who consider him "a great legislator" after watching Kennedy work tirelessly on behalf of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
Thousands of articles eulogize the senator's career, including:
A time-line produced by The Associated Press and published in many newspapers.