Washington (February 24, 2023) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement following news of the passing of former Congressman John Olver, who proudly represented western Massachusetts for more than four decades in the State House and in Congress:

“Congressman John Olver was a dear friend, a respected colleague, and a powerful force for good in the Commonwealth and the country. John was a brilliant public servant, with an unwavering dedication to his community and his constituents. Whether in the halls of Congress or the halls of the University of Massachusetts, John was an educator for us all. He embodied the values of compassion, service, and integrity, all underscored by a deep human empathy. He will live on in our memories as a staunch defender of human rights, a champion for our environment, and a dedicated leader for the people of Massachusetts. My deepest sympathies are with his family, friends, and loved ones whose lives he touched and bettered.”