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Statement by the Mayor Martin J. Walsh on the passing of U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke

"Today the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mourn together a great American in U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke.

"He dedicated his life to this nation, and we all share a deep pride in his distinguished, historic career in public service as a soldier, Attorney General, and one of the most highly respected, path-breaking members of the Senate.

“Many of his beginnings were in Boston. Graduating from Boston University Law School, serving on the Boston Finance Commission, and starting his legal practice in the neighborhood of Roxbury—he was one of our own. His progressive ideals aligned with what Boston and Massachusetts hope for in a leader: empowering those who did not have a voice.

“A fighter for equal opportunity and a bridge builder between opposing parties, Senator Brooke embraced optimism and change, constantly seeking ways to lift people up and bring people together.

“We will forever be grateful for his venerable leadership. Our prayers are with his family and friends, and all who loved him."

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