Sen. H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania, who was killed in a plane crash last week, was one of those moderate Republicans of the sort who used to outrage the party's Western and Southern conservatives when the GOP was controlled by what they referred to as "the liberal Eastern establishment."
An heir to the H.J. Heinz food-condiment fortune, he started out in politics as an aide to the Keystone State's best-known Republican, Sen. Hugh Scott. During almost two decades in Congress, Senator Heinz often voted with Maryland's Republican Sen. Charles McC. Mathias. Year in and year out, the Pennsylvanian's overall voting record was a just a bit to the right of Senator Mathias' liberal inclinations.
It was on civil rights that this breed of Republican stands most apart from colleagues. Like Senators Mathias and Scott, Mr. Heinz was a stalwart on this issue. Last year, for example, he was one of only eight Republican senators who voted with Democrats for the civil rights bill every time -- on stopping debate, on strengthening the bill, on final passage and to override President Bush's veto.