"Senator Arlen Specter was a true Pennsylvania institution whose record of fighting for our commonwealth is unmatched," said Jim Burn, chairman, Pa. Democratic Party. "Senator Specter's contributions to Pennsylvania and the United States will leave a lasting legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Specter's family during this difficult time."

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"The Republican Party of Pennsylvania extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and family members of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter," said Rob Gleason, chairman, Pa. Republican Party. "Senator Specter will always be remembered for his many years of dedicated public service."

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"Arlen Specter was always a fighter who loved the battle over public policy. He loved Pennsylvania, and he loved public service," said Pa. Rep. Sam Smith, R-Speaker of the House.

"While I did not always agree with some of Senator Specter’s decisions, he was always willing to listen about local problems and try to help fix them. He was a strong advocate for the state’s interests while in Washington, and the Commonwealth lost one of its most dedicated public servants today.

"I share my thoughts and prayers with Senator Specter's family and friends at this difficult time."

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"Whether it was on the local, state or national political scene, Senator Specter helped shape history," said Pa. Sen. Jay Costa, Senate Democratic leader. "His work and his accomplishments throughout his many years in public life have left a lasting footprint.  He led a purposeful and meaningful life and contributed so much to making the lives of the citizens of Pennsylvania better.

"Senator Specter was involved in many significant moments in our history and his reassuring voice was often heard during our most difficult times.  Senator Specter led a full life of good works, including his efforts as a part of the commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy through many legislative battles while a member of the Senate.

"From his early years as district attorney in Philadelphia through five terms in the United States Senate, Senator Specter was a problem solver who used his years of service to generate benefits for the state.  With Senator Specter's death, Pennsylvania lost a political giant and a friend. 

"On behalf of the state Senate Democratic caucus, I want to express our condolences to Senator Specter's wife, Joan, his sons and all his family and loved ones.  He was a friend who stood tall and he will be fondly remembered for his work."