CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“America lost a statesman and hero tonight and all of us in the Senate lost a friend,” said Corker. “John McCain was cantankerous at times – and proud of it – but always fighting to make our nation better. He was a patriot, an inspiration, and served in a way that is all too rare in Washington today. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and the entire McCain family as they mourn his loss.”