WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.  Arlen Specter had a front row seat and was actively engaged in many significant issues of the past half century -- from the Warren Commission to Supreme Court nominations to the advancement of scientific research.

“A tough, fierce competitor, Arlen Specter courageously and tenaciously battled cancer as passionately as he advocated for the causes in which he believed. He will leave an everlasting legacy of service to the people of Pennsylvania and his commitment to medical research may well be remembered as his greatest public service achievement.

My wife Pam and I send our heartfelt condolences to Joan and the entire Specter family.”