Andy Jacobs honored in Statehouse ceremonyJanuary 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
Hundreds of people attended a Statehouse funeral for former Congressman Andy Jacobs Friday.
Jacobs was a Marine wounded in the Korean War who became a dove in Congress. It’s just one of the things that made him a unique politician and the ceremony in the Statehouse rotunda reflected that.
It was attended by politicians from both parties and featured remarks by Governor Mike Pence, a Republican who admired his Democratic friend.
“His strong opinions were always paired with a genuine kindness and wit that made him a man difficult to debate,” said Pence, “and impossible to dislike.”
Pence delivered a state flag to Jacobs’ widow, Kim Hood Jacobs.
The singing of America the Beautiful was a high point. In Congress, Andy Jacobs sought to have that song replace the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem.
If that made him an unusual, it wasn’t the only thing. His two sons helped to explain his motivation.
“His humility was contagious,” said Steven Jacobs. “He only saw the good in people.”
“Public service was more than a career for him,” said Andy Jacobs, his namesake. “It was a way of life.”
Jacobs represented Indianapolis on Capitol Hill for 30 years and was succeeded by Julia Carson, who served on his staff.
Her grandson André is now the Congressman and he told the crowd that without mentoring from Jacobs he wouldn’t be where he is now.
“He was always there to help me navigate around the institution of Congress,” said Rep. Carson, “and the nature of human beings.”
Bagpipes played the Marine Hymn and there was a solemn procession as the former Congressman’s body was removed from the Statehouse.