|United States Senator
January 3, 1967 â€“ January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Leverett Saltonstall|
|Succeeded by||Paul Tsongas|
|51st Attorney General of Massachusetts|
January 3, 1963 â€“ January 3, 1967
|Preceded by||Edward McCormack|
|Succeeded by||Edward Martin (Acting)|
|Born||Edward William Brooke III
October 26, 1919
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||January 3, 2015
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
Remigia Ferrari-Scacco (m.1947â€“1979; divorced)
Anne Brooke (m.1979â€“2015; his death)
|Children||Remi and Edwina (with Remigia)
Edward (with Anne)
|Alma mater||Howard University
|Years of service||1941â€“1946|
|Unit||366th Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
I chose the Republican Party early on in the 1950s and 1960s in Massachusetts. My father was a Republican, as was my mother, in Virginia.
Politics is not a tea party. When it is time to act, you have to move fast and decisively.
I don't intend to leave the Republican Party, but I would like to move the Republican Party more to the center.
I was one of God's chosen few, no doubt about it. Not only being elected, but the joy and pleasure I derived from it. It was a wonderful life.
I never studied much at Howard, but at Boston University, I didn't do much else but study.
I wanted to go to Washington to bring people together who had never been together before. I wanted to break down the barriers between races.
I'm looking for the best person irregardless of political party, of race or religion, or color of their skin. Those things don't matter to me. I want someone who's qualified, who has a qualification to character and the integrity to do the things that have to be done to save this world.
When most presidents get in, they move to the center because they realize that this is a centrist country – even Reagan.
The polarization of Congress; the decline of civility; and the rise of attack politics in the 1980s, the 1990s, and the early years of the new century are a blot on our political system and a disservice to the American people.
I had male breast cancer and had dual radical modified mastectomy, and I've spent a lot of time working with the Susan G. Komen foundation to make men aware of male breast cancer – if you have breast tissue, you can have breast cancer.
When I arrived in the Senate, the moderate so-called Rockefeller Republicans held the balance of power.
President Nixon has lost his effectiveness as the leader of this country, primarily because he has lost the confidence of the people.
I grew up segregated, but there was not much feeling of being shut out of anything.
Richard Nixon was a very complex man. I don't think he was a conservative, nor liberal, not even a moderate. He was a pragmatic politician. He loved politics.
I want to be elected on my own ability. Only then do you have progress… People should not use race as a basis for labelling me.
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and I found that out when I was Attorney General in Massachusetts.
My campaign confirmed my belief that although there are bigots in America, whose hateful rhetoric seizes the media's attention, the vast majority of people do not harbor such prejudice.
I've never tried to run away from my race. I was born a black man. You know that in your bones as soon as you are able to understand this country… My approach to life about race is, I don't see the difference between black people and white people.
I always believed there would be an African-American president. It was something I'd dreamed about, thought about, but certainly did not believe would happen in my lifetime.
My fervent expectation is that sooner rather than later, the United States Senate will more closely reflect the rich diversity of this great country.
When I left the Senate in 1979, there were several publishers who had approached me about writing an autobiography, and I knew that politicians write books for many reasons, but at that time, I just thought I wasn't ready and my story wasn't over, and I knew I had a new life ahead of me.
I was entirely comfortable reaching across the Senate aisle to work with Democrats.
You can't say the Negro left the Republican Party; the Negro feels he was evicted from the Republican Party.
I can't serve just the Negro cause. I've got to serve all the people of Massachusetts.