Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford (D-PA) died late last night at the age of 92 of complications from a fall in his apartment, his son, Daniel Wofford said to the AP.
Wofford, a civil rights activist, joined the Senate in 1991 after being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. John Heinz (R-PA). Wofford pulled an upset victory in a special election to complete this term over former Gov. Dick Thornburgh, but lost his re-election bid in 1994 to Republican Rick Santorum.
Wofford served in President John F. Kennedy’s administration as a special assistant for civil rights and became the first CEO of the Corporation for National Service, or AmeriCorps, under President Bill Clinton.
Both Pennsylvania Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey shared their condolences through social media.
“Harris Wofford was a champion of justice and a man of uncommon courage who dedicated his life to service. From his work on the Civil Rights Commission in the 1950s to his work as Special Assistant to President Kennedy for Civil Rights and through his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, few Americans are more responsible for advancing the cause of civil rights than Harris Wofford,” Casey said in a statement.
Senator Harris Wofford served his country honorably in the armed forces, as a member of Congress, and as a civil rights leader. My condolences go out to Senator Wofford’s family and friends. https://t.co/BElTilYU6T
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) January 22, 2019
“Senator Harris Wofford served his country honorably in the armed forces, as a member of Congress, and as a civil rights leader. My condolences go out to Senator Wofford’s family and friends,” Toomey said on Facebook.
Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at all public buildings throughout the state to fly at half-staff to honor his passing.