Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Senator John Glenn

Dec 8, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement on the passing of former Senator John Herschel Glenn, Jr. of Ohio, the first American to orbit the earth and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, who died today at age 95:

“John Glenn’s enduring commitment to public service, devoted patriotism, and tremendous courage embody the very best of the American spirit.  John’s passionate belief that everyone has an obligation to serve has inspired many people across America to contribute to their communities.

“His category-defying achievements – U.S. Senator, astronaut, decorated WWII veteran, U.S. Marine Corps pilot and educator – made his humility more moving, his grace even more inspirational.  As a champion of STEM education for all, John supported investments in Appalachia and rural America as part of his lifelong effort to expand equality of opportunity for all.  As an American hero, he took seriously the call to ensure that all people have access to the resources needed to fulfill their potential.

“Earlier this year, I had the privilege to spend time with the Glenn Family.  The beautiful devotion between John and Annie is legendary.  May it be a comfort to Annie, his beloved wife and high school sweetheart, their children, grandchildren and all who loved and admired Senator Glenn join them in celebrating his legendary life.”

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