HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Rep. Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, released the following statement upon learning of the death today of former Sen. Arlen Specter:
“Arlen Specter was always a fighter who loved the battle over public policy. He loved Pennsylvania, and he loved public service.
“While I did not always agree with some of Senator Specter’s decisions, he was always willing to listen about local problems and try to help fix them. He was a strong advocate for the state’s interests while in Washington, and the Commonwealth lost one of its most dedicated public servants today.
“I share my thoughts and prayers with Senator Specter’s family and friends at this difficult time.”