House to Honor Russert

Posted June 17, 2008 at 10:35am

The House will take up a resolution on Tuesday honoring the life of Tim Russert, who died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 58 last Friday.

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), who represents Russert’s hometown of Buffalo, will offer the measure honoring the star political journalist.

The resolution highlights Russert’s work in public service, including his years spent working for former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (D).

It also showcases Russert’s stints in journalism, including his more than two decades of work at NBC, his award-winning coverage of President Ronald Reagan’s funeral and his role as moderator of “Meet the Press,” the longest-running program in the history of television.

“Russert sat in the front seat of world history, chronicling the domestic and international political and societal events that have defined our time, deftly describing and analyzing these events for millions of Americans,” the resolution states.