WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of Herbert ‘Bertie’ Bowman, one of the longest-ever serving staffers on Capitol Hill.
“To remember the life of Bertie Bowman is to remember his integrity and his steadfast dedication to public service. Throughout his life, Bertie overcame adversity, broke down barriers, and forged an inspiring future that led him from sweeping the halls of the U.S. Congress to working under 16 Chairs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He imprinted himself on the work and lives of every member that had the privilege to serve on our Committee across both sides of the aisle, and did so with honor, decency, and kindness. Bertie was the very embodiment of the American Dream and will continue to inspire new generations of public servants to pick up where he left off. Myrna and I mourn his passing, and our prayers are with him, his family, and his loved ones.”