PORTLAND (AP) – Maine’s congressional delegation is expressing concern over the health of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

Olympia Snowe, Maine’s senior senator, says friends and colleagues are praying for his recovery and return to the Senate. She says Kennedy’s “limitless determination and spirit will light the path before him, and lead his family through this difficult time.”

Sen. Susan Collins and Reps. Tom Allen and Michael Michaud echoed the sentiment. Allen called Kennedy “one of the greatest living Americans.”

Kennedy is the second-longest serving member of the Senate. He was elected in 1962, filling out the term won by his brother, John F. Kennedy.

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