Jim Jeffords

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Jim Jeffords
United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Robert Stafford
Succeeded by Bernie Sanders
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Robert C. Smith
Succeeded by Jim Inhofe
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
In office
January 20 – June 6, 2001
Preceded by Ted Kennedy
Succeeded by Ted Kennedy
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Nancy Landon Kassebaum
Succeeded by Ted Kennedy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1989
Preceded by Richard W. Mallary
Succeeded by Peter P. Smith
Personal details
Born James Merrill Jeffords
May 11, 1934(1934-05-11)
Rutland, Vermont
Died August 18, 2014(2014-08-18) (aged 80)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Political party Republican (1966–2001)
Independent (2001–2014)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Daley (d. 2007)
Residence Shrewsbury, Vermont
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney
Religion Congregationalist

James Merrill "Jim" Jeffords (May 11, 1934 – August 18, 2014) was an American politician. He was a United States Senator from Vermont. He served as senator from January 3, 1989 through January 3, 2007. Before being senator, Jeffords served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Vermont.

He was elected as a Republican, then he left the party to become a Independent. That gave control of the Senate to the Democratic Party.

Jeffords died on August 18, 2014 from Alzheimer's disease, at Knollwood, a military retirement facility in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for eight years. He was 80 years old.[1]

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