Arlen Specter

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Arlen Specter
Arlen Specter, official Senate photo portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byRichard Schweiker
Succeeded byPat Toomey
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byDennis DeConcini
Succeeded byRichard Shelby
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byAlan Simpson
Succeeded byJay Rockefeller
In office
January 20 – June 6, 2001
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Succeeded byJay Rockefeller
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Succeeded byLarry Craig
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byOrrin Hatch
Succeeded byPatrick Leahy
19th District Attorney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1966 – January 7, 1974
Preceded byJames Crumlish
Succeeded byEmmitt Fitzpatrick
Personal details
Born(1930-02-12)February 12, 1930
Wichita, Kansas
DiedOctober 14, 2012(2012-10-14) (aged 82)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
(1951–1965,[1] April 28, 2009–October 14, 2012)
(1966 – April 28, 2009)
Spouse(s)Joan Specter
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.S.)
Yale University (J.D.)
CommitteesAppropriations, Judiciary, Veterans' Affairs, Special Committee on Aging
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1951–1953
RankUS-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant

Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was an US Senator from Pennsylvania. He had 30 years in the Senate. He changed to the Democratic Party in 2009.

He ran for the Republican nomination for President in 1996.

Specter was born on February 12, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He was with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Specter later graduated from Yale Law School. He was married to Joan Specter. They had two children.

Specter died on October 14, 2012 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aged 82.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Upset in Philadelphia" (PDF). The New York Times. November 2, 1965. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  2. Rucker, Philip (October 14, 2012). "Arlen Specter dies; he was Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator". Washington Post. Retrieved October 14, 2012.