Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed In Plane Crash
Matt | On 10, Aug 2010
The state of Alaska has suffered a major loss today upon learning of the death of their beloved former Senator Ted Stevens in a plane crash.
Sen. Stevens, 86, was killed on Monday evening (Alaskan Standard Time) along four others in the crash that occurred near Dillingham, Alaska. There were a total of nine people on the flight. The group was reportedly heading to an annual fishing trip planned by Stevens.
Stevens, a Republican, was well-respected in his home state – an icon of sorts. He was the longest serving Republican senator in the history of the U.S. Senate. He served on the legal team of the Department of the Interior in 1958 when talks began to make Alaska a state. Once he became a senator in 1968, he pushed even harder for Alaska’s interest in Washington. Several projects in the state have his name on them or he had a hand in the legislation that created them.
Unfortunately, Stevens was involved in another plane crash in December 1978. That incident killed his wife, Ann, and four others at Anchorage International Airport.
In recent years, Stevens was caught up in scandal in the Senate because he failed to report gifts he received. He was almost federally prosecuted, but Atty. General Eric Holder dropped the charges due to misconduct during the trial. Still, Stevens paid the price at the ballot box in 2008 when Mark Begich, a Democrat, ousted him from the seat he held for 40 years.
Funeral services have not yet been announced for Mr. Stevens. Tributes, well wishes, and comments have been ongoing from a host of political notables, including former President George W. Bush.