FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX) – A Metro-East man who rose to the ranks of the United States Senate has died.
Family members confirm Alan Dixon passed away at his Fairview Heights home, Sunday, at age 86. He had recently been hospitalized with a heart ailment.
The Democrat from St. Clair County was an attorney who climbed the political ladder from state to federal offices, ultimately serving on Capitol Hill from 1981-1993.
Current Illinois Senator Dick Durbin issued a statement on Dixon’s passing, saying quote: “I lost a pal today (Sunday), and Illinois lost a man who brought honor to public service.”
Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) full statement: “From his days as a Police Magistrate in Belleville to his leadership position in the United States Senate, Alan Dixon was known for his honesty, his hard work and his commitment to the state he loved. Alan was the first statewide Democrat to voluntarily make a full disclosure of his net worth. Alan started the first bipartisan Illinois Congressional lunches, a tradition which continues to this day. His friendships reached across the aisle and across our state. I lost a pal today and Illinois lost a man who brought honor to public service.”
Governor Pat Quinn (D-IL) issued this statement: “Alan Dixon had a patriot’s determination to do what was best for his state and nation. He served with distinction in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, two statewide elected offices, and as our United States Senator. He was a statesman, but he was also a warm and friendly soul who never met a stranger. Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Dixon’s family, friends and people whose lives he touched. He will be missed.”
Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) issued this statement: “Senator Alan Dixon was one of the finest public servants our country has known. He walked the halls of power in Springfield and Washington DC, but he never forgot his Southern Illinois roots and the values he learned in his beloved Belleville. He served the public well while standing up for his constituents at all costs, even when he had to buck his party and its leadership. He was a true gentleman. His sense of civility is a commodity that was sorely needed during his time in government and is in even greater demand today. Senator Dixon could look back on an accomplished life with the blessings of a wonderful family. He was unique in having the singular distinction of being elected to serve in all three branches of government: judicial, executive and legislative. The title of his recently published book: The Gentleman from Illinois truly describes him. He was a mentor to generations of Southern Illinoisans, lawyers and public servants. Annette and I are proud to have counted him as a friend. Today Annette and I extend our sympathy to wife Jody, son Jeffrey, daughter Stephanie and Elizabeth and the entire Dixon family.”