Lawmakers, politicians, celebrities took to Twitter to honor late Senator

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “Woke up in Boston to news of Sen. Kennedy’s passing. My deepest condolences, on behalf of all of us in uniform, go out to his family.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.): “I didn’t know Sen. Kennedy well, but his public service and legacy is an inspiration for all of us in the Senate.”

The National Senatorial Republican Committee: “We join millions of people in Massachusetts and across the U.S. in remembering the public service and life of Sen. Ted Kennedy.”

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) evoked Kennedy’s “Liberal Lion” moniker when he wrote he “is mourning the life of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate.”

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.): “Most Americans cannot even remember a time without Ted Kennedy. Whatever your political views, his lion-like conviction was respected. It was that conviction that gave a voice to the powerless. Grace and I came to know Ted and Vicki in his later years in the Senate, and we count it a privilege to have known him.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Twittered about a song he wrote in Kennedy’s honor: “Cancer may have taken my friend, Ted, from us, but his legacy continues on. I wrote a tribute song to my friend Ted called ‘Headed Home.’ Although Ted and I fought over politics most of the time, he was a passionate man who dedicated his life to public service … and did a lot of good for a lot of people. Ted will be greatly missed.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.): “The lion sleeps. Funny, smart, caring and never afraid to negotiate or compromise. My heart goes out to his family. God Bless Ted Kennedy.”

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Kevin Nealon: “Ted always weathered the storms. Thank you for your years of public service, sir.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): “The Senate and the nation has lost a great public servant and friend. Ted’s leadership & passion will be greatly missed.”

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens: “R.I.P. Sen. Ted Kennedy”

Republican consultant Kevin Madden: “Growing up with parents who emigrated to U.S. from Ireland in 1960s, I was always aware of Kennedy family legacy, good and bad. Many houses/shops in Ireland to this day still adorn their walls with photo[s] of JFK.”

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.): “Sen. Kennedy made historic contributions on civil rights, healthcare, education, the judiciary, labor law, immigration and virtually all facets of life in America. Working with him on the big issues of our era was a real privilege.”

New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie (R): “Today is a sad day. We’ve lost a legendary public servant who fought hard and nobly for the causes in which he believed.”

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.): “Sen. Kennedy’s dedication and service to our Republic will not soon be equaled or forgotten. My prayers are with his family today.”
House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.): “America has lost a true Democratic warrior.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio): “Sen. Kennedy recognized that politics is to be used as a force for good and to defend those hurt by our economy.”

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.): “Sen. Kennedy’s dedication and service to our Republic will not soon be equaled or forgotten. My prayers are with his family today.”

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.): “My thoughts and prayers are with the Kennedy family.”

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.): “My condolences go out to the family of Ted Kennedy. My colleague will be missed.”

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): “I just heard about Sen. Kennedy, it is so incredibly sad especially given that my memories of him are that of a politician who reached across party lines — something that is painfully missing in today’s politics. I remember his voice more than anything; the times we met being larger than life and booming. My thoughts and prayers to his family. I fear politics without politicians that reach across party lines when it is necessary and important. Anyone that wants to know why Sen. Kennedy is such an American legend. Read his speech at the 1980 convention after conceding to Jimmy Carter.”

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii): “Condolences to the Kennedy family on the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy. His leadership & inspiration will be missed.”

Former congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough Tweeted: “Teddy Kennedy Rest in Peace.”

“Senate Doctors” John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) Tweeted: “Sens. Barrasso and Coburn and @LeeTerryNE take a moment to remember Sen. Ted Kennedy.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.): “What we have in the U.S. is not so much a health-care system as a disease-care system. [sic] — Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1994.”

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), who is married to Maria Shriver, Kennedy’s niece, Tweeted: “At lunch right now with Willie Brown telling great stories about Uncle Teddy.”