Ted Stevens

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Ted Stevens
United States Senator
from Alaska
In office
December 24, 1968 – January 3, 2009
Appointed by Wally Hickel
Preceded by Bob Bartlett
Succeeded by Mark Begich
3rd President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Office Vacant
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
19th Majority Whip of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1985
Leader Howard Baker
Preceded by Alan Cranston
Succeeded by Alan K. Simpson
15th Minority Whip of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1981
Leader Howard Baker
Preceded by Robert Griffin
Succeeded by Alan Cranston
Personal details
Born Theodore Fulton Stevens
November 18, 1923(1923-11-18)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Died August 9, 2010(2010-08-09) (aged 86)
near Dillingham, Alaska, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Virginia

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) 1. Ann Cherrington, predeceased him
2. Catherine Ann Chandler
Children Ben Stevens
Susan Stevens
Beth Stevens
Walter Stevens
Ted Stevens, Jr.
Lily Stevens
Residence Girdwood, Alaska
Alma mater UCLA (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Episcopalianism
Signature
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1943–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Theodore Fulton "Ted" Stevens, Sr. (November 18, 1923 – August 9, 2010) was a Republican U.S. Senator from Alaska.

He served in the Senate for 40 years until he lost in 2008. He was at one time "President Pro Tempore of the Senate," meaning he was the longest-serving Senator of the party in power at the time and could lead the Senate if the Vice President was absent. He is known for bringing large amounts of money to Alaska in the form of "pork barrel" projects. This is because he was the chair of the Appropriations Committee, which gives money to states and projects.

He is also known for the "series of tubes" analogy that he used to describe the Internet. The airport in Anchorage is named after him. Stevens was born in Indianapolis and lived in Chicago and Manhattan Beach, California before moving to Alaska. In 2010, Stevens died in a plane crash in Alaska at the age of 86.[1]

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