Former US Senator, presidential nominee George McGovern dies at 90

George Stanley McGovern, D-S.D., a longtime prominent liberal senator from South Dakota, died Sunday morning surrounded by his family and friends, CNN reports. McGovern was also the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972 who lost to Richard Nixon. McGovern was 90 years old.
Author:
Publish date:

George Stanley McGovern, D-S.D., a longtime prominent liberal senator from South Dakota, died Sunday morning surrounded by his family and friends, CNN reports. McGovern was also the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972 who lost to Richard Nixon. McGovern was 90 years old.

"We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace. He continued giving speeches, writing and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer," his family said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement regarding McGovern's passing:

"George McGovern will be remembered for his strong voice and courage to take a stand on the major issues of his time. A veteran who conquered his fear of flying to defend his country during World War II, Senator McGovern dedicated his life to serving the nation he loved. Growing up in neighboring South Dakota, he was instilled with the midwestern values of decency, fairness and tolerance which guided him throughout his career. He will be missed by our nation."

Last week, McGovern's daughter said her father was "nearing the end" and he was admitted to the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

The South Dakota native and World War II veteran served his state in Congress for more than two decades years, first as a member in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate, Politico reports.

Next Up

Related

George McGovern in hospice care, 'near the end'

Former Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., a longtime hero to liberals and the runner-up to Richard Nixon in the presidential race of 1972, is "nearing the end" in hospice care in his native South Dakota, his daughter tells the Associated Press.

Minnesota civics, commerce giant George S. Pillsbury dies

George Sturgis Pillsbury has died at 91 after suffering a debilitating stroke several days ago, reports the Star Tribune. Pillsbury, an iconic figure in Minnesota's commerce and political landscape for more than 50 years, died Saturday morning in Wayzata.

Nominee pushed out by GOP senators takes new post with governor

Sen. Ellen Anderson says she has accepted a job as a senior adviser to the governor after Republican senators ousted her as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission. The firing greatly angered Gov. Dayton, who called the Republicans "unfit to govern" and "too extreme to lead." Republicans said Anderson was prejudiced against traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear power.