WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the statement below on the passing of former Minnesota Senator David Durenberger. 

“Senator Dave Durenberger was a true public servant. He was a dedicated legislator who was always guided by his devotion to bipartisanship and improving people’s lives. His work to advance the Americans with Disabilities Act and prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities changed millions of lives for the better and made our nation stronger.

“When I joined the Senate, Dave showed me such kindness. He encouraged me to join the weekly prayer breakfast—advice that I took, and I am grateful I did. He also told me that despite the many hurdles, working to improve people’s health care is always worth it.

“In Senator Durenberger, Minnesotans had a thoughtful leader, a passionate advocate, and a true friend. We are lucky to have benefited from his good work and his good heart for so many years. John’s and my prayers are with Susan and his family, friends, and dedicated former staff during this difficult time.”