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A Farewell to Paul Sarbanes from the U.S. Media

NEW YORK – The passing of the iconic Greek-American Senator Paul Sarbanes was covered in the U.S. media with several headlines, tributes, and the rich archive of photographs from his life.

His death at the age of 87 was reported by in all media, publications, and newspapers- big and small, both in the U.S. and abroad. The New York Times and the Washington Post devoted full-page articles to the senator who served from 1977-2007, (Maryland’s longest-serving senator until Barbara Mikulski surpassed his record by one day in 2017) while the Wall Street Journal reported on the loss of Sarbanes on its front page.

The Associated Press was one of the first media outlets to announce his death, with a brief statement at the start, based on the announcement by his son John, who currently represents Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, the same seat his father once held. The brief article was later turned into an extensive tribute with photographs of the man who made an indelible mark on American political history forever.

As expected, Maryland's largest newspapers, the Baltimore Sun, The Star Democrat, The Daily Times and The Capital, focused on the loss of the most popular senator in state history.

"The U.S. Senator championed civility, Chesapeake Bay, Unpretentious leader, a 'passionate advocate' for Maryland, died on Sunday," was the headline of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Baltimore Sun.

"Longtime U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes was remembered Monday as a son of Greek immigrants, who championed Chesapeake Bay preservation and other Maryland causes, while remaining a 'stealth senator' in a body known for self-promotion," the Sun reported.

The rest of Maryland’s newspapers and other newspapers across the country followed suit, paying homage to a politician who had earned the respect of the presidents and the leaders of both parties in Congress.

A typical example is the pro-Republican Washington Times, which described Democrat Sarbanes as a "financial reform giant."

Among the many achievements that cement his place in world history, Sarbanes, during his time in the House of Representatives as a member of the Judiciary Committee, wrote the first of the three articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon, which charged Nixon with obstruction of justice. Sarbanes introduced the first articles of impeachment on July 26, 1974, and on July 27, the first article passed.

Special mention is made in all the publications on Sarbanes' love for his family, since he returned almost every night from Washington to the family home in Baltimore. As Joe Biden said in his personal farewell to his close friend and colleague in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "There was no one sharper, more committed and with firmer principles. And he, too, returned to his family nearly every night. They meant the world to him."

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