Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (R-Ill.) mourned the death of his scheduler, Lisa Radogno, in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday.

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“I’m here to memorialize the life of my Washington, D.C., scheduler who passed away yesterday,” Kirk said. “This is pretty hard for all of us in the Kirk operation to handle.”

Kirk said the death was an especially big blow because Radogno, 31, was so young. She died of a pulmonary embolism.

“Lisa was such a strong supporter of mine,” Kirk said. “To have her lost like this so suddenly was a big shock to us."

Kirk said that when he found out about her death, he spent hours last night looking at pictures on her Facebook page, causing him to “cry a bunch.”