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Edward Brooke
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1967 â€“ January 3, 1979
Preceded by Leverett Saltonstall
Succeeded by Paul Tsongas
51st Attorney General of Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1963 â€“ January 3, 1967
Governor Endicott Peabody
John Volpe
Preceded by Edward McCormack
Succeeded by Edward Martin (Acting)
Personal details
Born Edward William Brooke III
(1919-10-26)October 26, 1919
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died January 3, 2015(2015-01-03) (aged 95)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Remigia Ferrari-Scacco (m.1947–1979; divorced)
Anne Brooke (m.1979–2015; his death)
Children Remi and Edwina (with Remigia)
Edward (with Anne)
Alma mater Howard University
Boston University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1941–1946
Rank Captain
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.
Edward Brooke
Intemperance and intolerance serve no one, and hatred guarantees failure.
Politics is not a tea party. When it is time to act, you have to move fast and decisively.
Edward Brooke
In my state, the Republican Party was the most progressive party.
I don't intend to leave the Republican Party, but I would like to move the Republican Party more to the center.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
I never studied much at Howard, but at Boston University, I didn't do much else but study.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
When most presidents get in, they move to the center because they realize that this is a centrist country – even Reagan.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
I had made my reputation on integrity.
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.
Edward Brooke
When I arrived in the Senate, the moderate so-called Rockefeller Republicans held the balance of power.
Edward Brooke
President Nixon has lost his effectiveness as the leader of this country, primarily because he has lost the confidence of the people.
Edward Brooke
I grew up segregated, but there was not much feeling of being shut out of anything.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
I am not a civil rights leader, and I don't profess to be one.
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.
Edward Brooke
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and I found that out when I was Attorney General in Massachusetts.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
Fred Thompson was a law partner of mine.
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.
Edward Brooke
My fervent expectation is that sooner rather than later, the United States Senate will more closely reflect the rich diversity of this great country.
Edward Brooke
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.
Edward Brooke
I was entirely comfortable reaching across the Senate aisle to work with Democrats.
Edward Brooke
You can't say the Negro left the Republican Party; the Negro feels he was evicted from the Republican Party.
Edward Brooke
I can't serve just the Negro cause. I've got to serve all the people of Massachusetts.
Edward Brooke