CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Former Vice President and longtime friend, Joe Biden delivered the eulogy at Sen. Fritz Hollings funeral on Tuesday.
Hollings and Biden were desk mates while serving together in the United States Senate.
Their friendship began when Sen. Hollings endorsed a then-29-year-old Senate candidate. A month after the win, Sen. Hollings convinced him not to give up the job when Joe Biden’s wife and daughter were tragically killed in a car crash.
Vice President Biden often praised Sen. Hollings saying he lifted him when it mattered most, teaching him, as he’s done for generations of South Carolinians, how to live a life of purpose and service.
A friendship well documented, Biden was the key speaker in 2010 at the University of South Carolina Library dedication named after Hollings where Biden told Hollings “I marvel at your integrity.”
Their last appearance together was back in 2017 when they attended the unveiling of Senator Hollings’ statue at the federal courthouse downtown Charleston.
Biden saying then “Fritz is the reason I was the vice president of the United States and a U.S. Senator,” adding Hollings was one of the greatest senators this state has ever had.