Hoyer, Dodd to speak at Shriver wake

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will be among the people eulogizing the late Robert Sargent Shriver on Friday evening.

Shriver, a former Democratic vice presidential nominee, died at the age of 95 on Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. The Kennedy relative's wake is being held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Hoyer and Shriver are both Maryland natives and worked together on disability and education issues over the past several decades.

Shriver was the inaugural director of the Peace Corps and helped begin several domestic initiatives during the presidency of his brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. He also headed the Special Olympics, following in the footsteps of his late wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Dodd was also close to the Shriver family and served in the Peace Corps during the late 1960s. George McGovern, Shriver's running mate during the 1972 presidential campaign, will also speak at the wake.

Shriver's daughter, Maria, will deliver closing remarks and serve as a pallbearer alongside her husband, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). 

Shriver's funeral will take place Saturday morning at Our Lady of Mercy in the wealthy Washington suburb of Potomac, Md.

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