On Wednesday, a likeness of the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was added to the Senate Leadership Portrait Collection in the U.S. Capitol.

According to a press release from the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the portrait was painted by Dean Larson of Palmer who interned for Sen. Stevens from 1980-1981.

The Alaska delegation, family members, colleagues and friends were on hand to honor the life of the late senator. Those who spoke included Rep. Don Young, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy.

“The spirit of Ted Stevens lives with us in Congress, throughout the country and certainly in Alaska. And now we have this beautiful painting in the Capitol —created by an exceptional Alaska artist — to reflect that spirit,” Sen. Sullivan said. 

Stevens served as the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2007. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the current president pro tempore of the Senate, called Stevens a friend who worked tirelessly for the Alaskan people.

Stevens served in the Senate from 1968 to 2009. He died in a plane crash on Aug. 9, 2010.

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