Murkowski: “Uncle Ted Was a Giant”
Senator Murkowski Speaks To Alaskans A Year After Ted Stevens’ Death
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke to Alaskans on August 9th, one year after a plane crash took the life of Senator Ted Stevens:
“Alaskans, one year ago today we lost a legend: the architect and father of our great state: Theodore Fulton Stevens. Most of us, though, just called him ‘Uncle Ted.’ We all remember the emotion and tragedy we experienced a year ago, but it’s crucial we remember the outpouring of support and respect that crossed every age group, every race and culture – and, yes, party lines. The last thing he did was bring all of Alaska together.
“Senator Stevens first arrived in Alaska before statehood and he hit the ground running. When he was sent to Washington, DC to represent us in the Senate, he fought for Alaska every single day for forty years. It’s not a stretch to say nearly every inch of road, building or pipe in the state bears his imprint – along with programs that keep us healthy, protect our fisheries, and educate our children.”
“Ted was a giant in Washington, DC -- and larger than life in Alaska. As a way of commemorating him, his spirit and his accomplishments, there now is a mountain and an icefield named after him. There aren’t many individuals who leave a legacy the size of a 14,000 foot mountain, but it is fitting that the shadow of Senator Stevens will rest over the state he loved forever.”