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Published:August 26th, 2009 12:10 EST
Edward "Ted" Kennedy: The Death of a Dynasty

Edward "Ted" Kennedy: The Death of a Dynasty

By Avah LaReaux

I can imagine the reunion now. A gathering of the greatest men, arguably, this world has known to-date. What a jubilant sight for them all and a mournful time for those of us that remain as we acknowledge the passing of Senator Edward Moore Kennedy. The last of famed political brothers, Senator Kennedy passed away late into the evening on Tuesday, August 25, after battling brain cancer, a diagnosis received in May 2008.

The longest-serving and most influential senators to hold the seat, it was reported early this year that a majority of Senate Republicans found "Teddy" to be easy to work with and the most bipartisan. Some even considered the Senator to be the most effective in terms of getting results in the political arena. Evidences of these allegations can best be found when observing the major role Senator Kennedy played in the successful passing of the several pieces of legislation to include the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the National Cancer Act of 1971, the COBRA Act of 1985, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.

The younger brother of President John Fitzgerald and Senator Robert Francis Kennedy, Senator Edward Kennedy was sworn into office in November 1962 and served nine terms. During his tenure, Senator Kennedy served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on SeaPower, the chairman of the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees, and as the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, a position recently taken on by Christopher Dodd due to the failing health of Senator Kennedy.

Throwing in his bid for a presidential nomination n 1980, Senator Kennedy is indeed known for a colorful personal life, but also for the good and pertinent work he accomplished as he served America. Senator Kennedy was also recognized by a number of institutions with several honorary degrees in addition to receiving the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and receiving an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

Known as the Lion of the Senate, the distinguished senator from Massachusetts endorsed Barack Obama, a first term senator at the time, and presented an exhilarating opening night speech to the Democratic National Convention that led to Obama`s election to the presidency in November 2008. A statement acknowledging Senator Kennedy`s accomplishments was issued by President Obama calling the senator "a great leader."

The booming roar of the lion now hushed, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy now lays with the lambs, leaving behind an impressive and immense political legacy.