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Arlen Specter
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United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Richard Schweiker
Succeeded by Pat Toomey
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Dennis DeConcini
Succeeded by Richard Shelby
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Alan Simpson
Succeeded by Jay Rockefeller
In office
January 20 – June 6, 2001
Preceded by Jay Rockefeller
Succeeded by Jay Rockefeller
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Jay Rockefeller
Succeeded by Larry Craig
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Orrin Hatch
Succeeded by Patrick Leahy
19th District Attorney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1966 – January 7, 1974
Preceded by James Crumlish
Succeeded by Emmitt Fitzpatrick
Personal details
Born (1930-02-12)February 12, 1930
Wichita, Kansas
Died October 14, 2012(2012-10-14) (aged 82)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
(1951–1965, April 28, 2009–October 14, 2012)
(1966 – April 28, 2009)
Spouse(s) Joan Specter
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (B.S.)
Yale University (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Committees Appropriations, Judiciary, Veterans' Affairs, Special Committee on Aging
Military service
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service 1951–1953
Rank US-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.

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