McConnell Pays Tribute to Richard Blum

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of Richard Blum:

“I was saddened to hear this morning that Richard Blum, the husband of my friend and colleague Senator Feinstein, has passed away following his fight with cancer.

“For 30 years, Elaine and I have been privileged to cross paths with Dianne and Dick in a number of ways, both professional and personal. It was always a great pleasure to break bread together, compare notes, and catch up.

“Our colleague’s very loving husband was, simply put, a fascinating person. He was highly successful, adventuresome, brave, and curious.

“For years he moved seamlessly between such things as creating major value in the highest ranks of the private sector and studying Tibetan Buddhism. His passion for the Himalayas led him to befriend both the Dalai Lama and Sir Edmund Hillary. I understand he even made his own attempt on Mount Everest.

“Dick’s appetites for adventure, philanthropy, civic engagement, and business success all seemed to be boundless. He was full of life and kept impossibly busy with a wide array of projects that were both interesting and impacted his community for the good.

“I know all Senators are grieving with and praying for our colleague Senator Feinstein and their entire family at this difficult time.

“Elaine and I join in those thoughts and prayers in a particular way.”