Larsen Statement on Passing of Former Rep. Al Swift

Apr 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the below statement on the passing of former Rep. Al Swift:

“I am very saddened to hear that Al Swift died on Friday. To me, Al started as my representative, became a mentor and then my friend.

“I went to Al for advice he could offer from representing Washington state's Second District for 16 years. Having served during a time when the U.S. was challenged by war, passed landmark environmental legislation, challenged a sitting president, and worked with Democratic and Republican administrations, he had much to offer to anyone who would ask.

“I will remember Al for his work on transportation, especially rail; for his efforts to increase access to the ballot box; but mostly for his gut-busting stories.

“When asking me which district I represent, people used to ask if I was in the "Al Swift seat." Even today, my answer is still a proud, “Yes.”

“My family and I join others in remembering Al today and honoring his contribution to the country, to our state and to people of the Second District.”