MINNESOTA – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on the passing of former Vice President Walter Mondale's Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel, Mike Berman:

“Mike Berman lived an incredible life dedicated to public service. From a modest background growing up in Duluth, where his father ran a family dry cleaning store, Mike rose to become a longtime close, trusted adviser to Vice President Walter Mondale and, later, to President Bill Clinton. For decades, Mike was among the most influential figures in Washington, DC, and Democratic politics. He was a mentor to so many of us in Minnesota politics, including myself and Tom Nides, former U.S. ambassador to Israel. We could always count on Mike for his wry sense of humor, his honesty and his Minnesota common sense. Mike was never one to seek publicity, but it’s important for people to know that he left a large, positive imprint on Minnesota and our country.”