41 Facts About Ted Stevens

1. Ted Stevens ultimately lost the election by a mere 3,000 votes in spite of the false "conviction" and the overwhelmingly negative coverage in the Anchorage Daily News by the rabidly anti-Stevens reporter Rich Mauer.

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2. Ted Stevens was thrown out, first by Judge Emmett Sullivan, and then by Eric Holder.

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3. Ted Stevens was born in Indianapolis and lived in Chicago and Manhattan Beach, California before moving to Alaska.

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4. Ted Stevens had graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and during Truman's administration had worked for the State Department.

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5. Ted Stevens died on August 10, 2010, at age 86, in a fatal plane crash in the remote Alaskan village of Aleknagik.

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6. Ted Stevens left college to serve in World War II, flying with the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946.

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7. Ted Stevens would respond in his characteristic terse way that "Fifty percent of something is better than 90 percent of nothing", a statement acknowledging that Congress wouldn't approve an ANWR provision that gave 90 percent of the revenue to the state—even though that's what the Statehood Act called for in general.

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8. Ted Stevens served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross before being discharged in 1946.

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9. Ted Stevens left the Senate with the distinction of having been the longest-serving Republican senator at the time, according to the Navy.

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10. Ted Stevens supported the Navy during the course of their long careers serving the nation.

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11. Ted Stevens was confirmed dead in the crash via a statement from his family.

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12. At the gathering, Ted Stevens joined the Jimmie Davis Band in a rendition of "You Are My Sunshine", Davis's trademark song.

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13. Ted Stevens was a close friend of Democratic former Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana.

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14. On December 21, 2005, Ted Stevens said that the vote to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge "has been the saddest day of my life.

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15. Ted Stevens ended up losing the Senate race, and on November 20, 2008, gave his last speech to the Senate, which was met with a rare Senate standing ovation.

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16. Ted Stevens faced a maximum penalty of five years per charge.

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17. On October 27, 2008, Ted Stevens was found guilty of all seven counts of making false statements.

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18. Ted Stevens declared, "I'm innocent", and pleaded not guilty to the charges in a federal district court on July 31, 2008.

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19. Ted Stevens referred to the Internet as "not a big truck", but a "series of tubes" that could be clogged with information.

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20. Ted Stevens resigned his ranking-member position on the committee due to his indictment.

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21. Ted Stevens chaired the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during the 109th Congress, becoming the committee's ranking member after the Democrats regained control of the Senate for the 110th Congress.

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22. Ted Stevens chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1997 to 2005, except for the 18 months when Democrats controlled the chamber.

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23. Ted Stevens became the Senate's President Pro Tempore when Republicans regained control of the chamber as a result of the 2002 mid-term elections, during which the previous most senior Republican senator and former President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond retired.

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24. Ted Stevens served as Acting Minority Leader during Howard Baker's run for President during the 1980 Republican primaries.

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25. Ted Stevens served as the Assistant Republican Leader from 1977 to 1985.

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26. Ted Stevens hired Margaret Atwood, daughter of Anchorage Times publisher Robert Atwood, who was chairman of the Alaska Statehood Committee, to work with him in the Interior Department.

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27. Ted Stevens took part—illegally—in lobbying for the statehood bill, working closely with the Alaska Statehood Committee from his office at Interior.

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28. At the time Ted Stevens arrived in Washington, DC, to take up his new job, a constitutional convention to write an Alaska constitution had just been concluded on the campus of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

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29. Ted Stevens was a recipient of the Presidential Citation by the American Urological Association for significantly promoting urology causes.

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30. Ted Stevens advocated the creation of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Prostate Cancer at the Department of Defense, which has funded nearly $750 million for prostate cancer research.

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31. Ted Stevens was a survivor of prostate cancer and had publicly disclosed his cancer.

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32. Ted Stevens spent many years living at the Knik Arms, a six-story residential building constructed in 1950 on the western edge of downtown Anchorage.

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33. Ted Stevens applied to law school at Stanford and the University of Michigan, but on the advice of his friend Russell Green's father to "look East", he applied to Harvard Law School, which he ended up attending.

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34. Ted Stevens was discharged from the Army Air Forces in March 1946.

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35. Ted Stevens served in the China-Burma-India theater with the Fourteenth Air Force Transport Section, which supported the "Flying Tigers", from 1944 to 1946.

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36. Ted Stevens corrected his vision through a course of prescribed eye exercises, and in 1943 he was accepted into an Army Air Force Air Cadet program at Montana State College.

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37. Ted Stevens died on August 9, 2010, when a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter he and several others were flying in crashed en route to a private fishing lodge.

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38. Ted Stevens was the most senior US Senator to have ever lost a reelection bid.

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39. Ted Stevens was known for his sponsorship of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, which resulted in the establishment of the United States Olympic Committee.

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40. Ted Stevens was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1964 and became House majority leader in his second term.

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41. Ted Stevens was the longest-serving Republican US Senator in history at the time he left office; his record was surpassed in January 2017 by Orrin Hatch from Utah.

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