The Latest: Mourners gather to remember Arizona congressman
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Arizona’s 1st Hispanic Congressman, Ed Pastor (all times local):
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is among those scheduled to eulogize former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor at a church packed with mourners gathered to remember Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress.
The service at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix began with a mariachi group singing “De Colores,” a popular Spanish-language folk anthem.
Republican Sen. Jon Kyl also is listed in Friday’s official program with Pelosi and Pastor’s wife and daughters as eulogists.
The liberal Democrat known for his bipartisanship died last week after suffering a heart attack. He was 75.
Mourners at the service include Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain.
Pastor served 23 years in Congress but decided to not seek re-election in 2014.
Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest Friday.
A weeklong celebration of Pastor’s life will culminate with a funeral Mass on Friday afternoon and burial immediately after.
Pastor, a liberal Democrat known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack last week. He was 75.
Pastor served 23 years in Congress but decided to not seek re-election in 2014. One of his daughters, Laura Pastor, serves on the Phoenix City Council.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, called Pastor “an Arizona trailblazer and true public servant” and ordered that flags lowered statewide to half-staff.