Former Sen. Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings Has Died

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Published on April 6, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

Former Sen. Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings Has Died

​The former senator from South Carolina died of natural causes early Saturday morning.


Former Sen. Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings Has Died

Former U.S. Sen.

Ernest "Fritz" Hollings has passed away at the age of 97.

He died of natural causes early Saturday morning, according to CNN.

Hollings served as the governor of South Carolina from 1959 to 1962 before moving on the the U.S. Senate, where he served for over 38 years.

He was the  eighth-longest-serving senator  in history.

He played a major role in creating the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and he co-authored the legislation that created the Women, Infants and Children program.

He also pushed to make port security stronger and helped reinforce airport security after the Sept.

11 terrorist attacks.  Hollings is  survived  by his children, Michael, Helen and Ernest, who said in a statement, "he was a hero for us and millions of Americans."

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