WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement about the passing of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

"Ted Kennedy was more than a colleague – he was my friend and mentor. Our nation has lost one if its most dedicated champions of social and economic justice and opportunity for all. Ted Kennedy cared about the American people and the well-being of our country more than any public servant I've known. His legacy will live on in the opportunities we create for future generations. Connie and my thoughts are with Vicki and his family as the nation mourns his loss."