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Ted Stevens

August 10, 2010 by staff 

Ted Stevens, (CNN) – The family of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, the iconic Alaska lawmaker, offered his prayers for the victims of a plane crash of Alaska Tuesday amid news reports that Stevens was on the plane.

The chief of staff former senator, Mitch Rose, read a family statement to CNN, but said he could not confirm reports that Stevens was aboard a flight that crashed in Alaska, killing at least five people.

Stevens served more time in the U.S. Senate than any other Republican in history.

He earned the nickname “Uncle Ted” and a reputation as one of the most effective of all legislators to curry favor with the electorate, a senator who channeled billions of federal dollars to his home state.

November 18, 1923, Stevens graduated from UCLA and Harvard Law School and moved to Alaska in the 1950s to work as a lawyer. He was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1964 and 1966.

In December 1968, when Alaska was only 9 years old, was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy created by the death of EL Bartlett.

Voters elected him over and over again, and by 2007, was the senior Republican senator in history, a man whose name became synonymous with the policy of Alaska.

In July 2008, a federal grand jury indicted Stevens for making false statements on financial disclosure forms. He was sentenced on October 27, 2008. The following month, Stevens lost a bid for reelection to Democrat Mark Begich, the mayor of Anchorage.

Citing prosecutorial misconduct, a federal judge later dismissed Stevens conviction.

It is especially known for pushing Congress to authorize a 800-mile pipeline to the ice-free port of Valdez, an act that dramatically improves the energy security of the United States and said the state’s economic future.

“I am proud to have played a role in that transformation,” said Stevens, who had been hailed Alaskan of the Century by the state legislature.

Stevens survived a plane crash that killed his wife in 1978, later remarried.

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