WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Sen. John Glenn. Brown first met Glenn when Brown was 16 years old at a dinner for Boy Scouts in Mansfield, Ohio. When Brown was sworn in as a Senator in January 2007, Glenn escorted Brown onto the Senate floor.
“It has been one of the great blessings of my life to get to know John Glenn, and for Connie and me to count him and Annie as mentors and friends. We loved him, we will miss him and we will continue to draw strength and wisdom from the lessons he shared with us over the years.
“What made John Glenn a great Senator was the same quality that made him a great astronaut and an iconic American hero: he saw enormous untapped potential in the nation he loved and he had faith that America could overcome any challenge.
“John’s kindness, his intelligence, his courage and his commitment to service set an example that our country needs today more than ever. John’s legacy will live on in the pages of the history books and the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him.”