Sen. Thomas Respected by Many (Sen. Judd Gregg)

I don't know how many votes we cast together -- it was a lot. Craig arrived two years after I arrived here. We would walk out of this chamber together very often and Susan, because she was near Washington, would almost always be right out there, right outside the door. And with a great smile to greet us, even though we probably just lost a vote.

And Craig was special because, as has been mentioned and really said so well by his partner, Senator Enzi (R-Wyo.), and his colleague, Senator McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senator Stevens (R-Alaska), Senator Isakson (R-Ga.), Senator Martinez (R-Fla.) and the Democratic Leader, Senator Reid (D-Nev.) and Senator Durbin (D-Ill.), everybody respected him. You may not agree with him but you could not help but respect him. He was quiet but accomplished and understood the issues. He was a man of inordinate common sense. He would look at an issue, he'd cut through all the puffery, all the theater -- of which there tends to be a fair amount around here -- and he'd get to the essence of the question. And then he'd bring common sense to that question.