Poliicial leaders accross the country have been reacting to the news that former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter died today, Sunday Oct. 14, at his home in Philadelphia after a longtime battle with Hodgkin's disease. He was 82 years old.
Specter represented Pennsylvania for 30 years, starting as a Republican and making headlines in 2009 when he switched to the Democratic Party.
Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn issued a statement on the Senator's passing Sunday afternoon.
"Senator Arlen Specter was a true Pennsylvania institution whose record of fighting for our Commonwealth is unmatched," said Burn. "Senator Specter's contributions to Pennsylvania and the United States will leave a lasting legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Specter's family during this difficult time."
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason also issued a statement statement on Specter's passing.
"The Republican Party of Pennsylvania extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and family members of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter," said Gleason. "Senator Specter will always be remembered for his many years of dedicated public service."
Specter's funeral will be held on Tuesday at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley with interment to follow at Shalom Memorial Park at Pine and Byberry roads in Huntingdon Valley. His funeral will be open to the public.