MINNEAPOLIS, MN – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement on the passing of former Representative Martin Sabo:
“Martin Sabo was my friend and mentor as he was to so many who learned their politics the Martin Sabo way: do what is best for your district, stand up for the people you represent, and don't forget to have some fun while you're at it.
At a time when our politics has become increasingly coarse, Martin knew how to be strong but civil, effective but kind. In his quiet Scandinavian way, he was a fierce progressive who got things done for his district and our state. And whether it was playing on the congressional softball team or bringing home the funding for a road or a housing project, Martin Sabo truly enjoyed his work.
In my early days in politics, Congressman Sabo never minded if I tagged along with him to his Minnehaha Park picnics or senior citizen door knocks, and, even though my last name was twice as long as his, he agreed to do joint lawn signs when I first ran for county attorney. He was a veteran congressman and I was a political rookie, but he didn't hesitate to help. He saw it as part of his job to help young people get started in politics. And Martin was so popular that those signs may have well been the reason I won (by less than nine votes per precinct!) that first election.
Martin was an extraordinary and exemplary public servant who also stayed active and involved in his community after leaving office. He rarely missed a major gathering or a political event, especially if it involved his beloved Norway.
My thoughts and prayers are with Sylvia and all of Martin's family.”