His most important vote, he said, was against the Iraq War. But he also had major impact on human rights and other issues.
The long line of Bay Staters waiting to pay their last respects to the senator Thursday was evidence of the intimate and powerful connection he had with his home state.
The absence of his dealmaking skills could make negotiations even harder, but some say his death will inspire Democrats to get the job done.
The longtime Democratic senator from Massachusetts will be mourned on 'every continent,' said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday.
For decades, most major pieces of social legislation – from healthcare to immigration to education – bore the imprint of Sen. Edward 'Ted' Kennedy, who died late Tuesday.
Remembrances of the Democratic senator, excerpted here, come from those of all political stripes.
Sen. Edward Kennedy had his share of verbal gaffes – some of them costly – but he will also be remembered as an impassioned orator.