Oregon dignitaries to remember Hatfield
Saturday, September 24, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's political establishment is gathering at the state Capitol in Salem for a service to remember former U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield.
Hatfield died last month at age 89 following a career in public service that spanned five decades. Organizers expect all living former governors and dozens of other state and federal dignitaries to attend his memorial on Saturday.
Hatfield was a moderate Republican who often sparred with more conservative members of the GOP, but who also was admired by colleagues from both parties. He was an adamant opponent of war and a fierce critic of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.
Hatfield was elected to the state House in 1950 and later elected twice as Oregon governor beginning in 1958. He served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years.