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3rd President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
President Dick Cheney
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Patrick Leahy
87th President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
President Dick Cheney
Preceded by Robert Byrd
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1985
Leader Howard Baker
Preceded by Alan Cranston
Succeeded by Alan Simpson
Senate Minority Leader
In office
November 1, 1979 – March 5, 1980
Preceded by Howard Baker
Succeeded by Howard Baker
Senate Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1981
Leader Howard Baker
Preceded by Robert Griffin
Succeeded by Alan Cranston
United States Senator
from Alaska
In office
December 24, 1968 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Bob Bartlett
Succeeded by Mark Begich
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 8th district
In office
January 3, 1964 – January 3, 1968
Preceded by multi-member district
Succeeded by mult-member district
U.S. Attorney for the
Fourth Division of Alaska Territory
In office
March 30, 1954 – June 1956
President Dwight Eisenhower
Preceded by Robert McNealy
Succeeded by George Yeager
Personal details
Theodore Fulton Stevens

(1923-11-18)November 18, 1923
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Died August 9, 2010(2010-08-09) (aged 86)
Dillingham, Alaska, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Mary Cherrington (1952–1978)
Catherine Bittner (1980–2010)
Children 6, including Ben
Education Oregon State University
Montana State University, Bozeman
University of California, Los Angeles (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1943–1946
Unit US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Battles/wars World War II, The Hump

Theodore Fulton "Ted" Stevens, Sr. (November 18, 1923 – August 9, 2010) was a Republican U.S. Senator from Alaska. He served in the United States Senate for 40 years from 1968 to 2009. He was the 87th President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 2003–2007. For his services as president pro tempore, Senator Stevens was named as only the third President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate. Even by Senate standards, Stevens was extremely effective at getting billions of dollars in federal funds for Alaska. He was so effective at it he was nicknamed "uncle Ted". The airport in Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was named after him in 2000. Stevens was born in Indianapolis. In 2010, Stevens died in a plane crash in Alaska at the age of 86.


Early career and education

Stevens was born on November 18, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

World War II pilot

In World War II Stevens joined the US Army Air Corps as a pilot. He flew transport planes in China supporting the Flying Tigers. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Air Medals and the Yun Hai Medal by the Republic of China.

Political career

After serving in the Second World War, he went into law in Fairbanks, Alaska where he became a US Attorney soon after. When Dwight Eisenhower was president, Stevens worked in the Interior and helped to make Alaska a state. In 1968 he was appointed to the Senate, where he served for the next forty years. While in the Senate he was known for taking action for his own state: preserving Alaskan wilderness areas, protecting fisheries, and building the Trans Alaska Pipeline. He also helped set up the US Olympic Committee. In 2008 he was charged with major crimes related to corruption days before his reelection, which he lost to Mark Begich. He planned on trying to get his Senate seat back after he the charges were dropped, but he died in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness in 2010.

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