Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito Statements on Passing of Senator Thomas P. Kennedy

A press release from the office of Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito. 

Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito released the following statements in remembrance of State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy, who passed away Sunday evening:

“I’m very saddened to learn of the loss of Senator Thomas Kennedy who I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for many years. Tom’s perseverance in overcoming his disabilities served as an inspiration for all those who knew him and for many more who are also working to surmount their own challenges in life,” said Governor Baker. “The people of Massachusetts are better off thanks to his faithful and admirable service to his community and constituents over the last 30 years. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

“I had the honor of serving with Senator Kennedy in the legislature and observed first hand his dedication to the people he served. He was a true public servant who displayed passion and professionalism in his work,” said Lt. Governor Polito.

In honor of Senator Kennedy, Governor Baker has ordered that the United States and Commonwealth flags be lowered at all state buildings beginning at sunrise on Monday, May 29, 2015 and continuing until the day of interment.