Specter Through the Years

Former United States Senator Arlen Specter died Sunday. He was 82-years-old. Check out our photo gallery of Specter through the years.

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Former United States Senator Arlen Specter died Sunday. He was 82-years-old. Check out our photo gallery of Specter through the years.
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The hearse carrying the body of Sen. Arlen Specter leaves Har Zion Temple following his funeral.
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Former Pa. Governor Ed Rendell shares his remembrances of Sen. Arlen Specter outside Har Zion Temple.
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The hearse arrives.
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Security assessing who is who and directing traffic outside of the service for former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.
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Media were not allowed inside the service.
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Elliott Curson was President Ronald Reagan's campaign manager and also helped Specter on many of his races.
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Congressman Pat Meehan said Sen. Arlen Specter "cared deeply about his constituents and understood their concerns..."
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",,,He had a brilliant mind and required that those he entrusted be equally engaged in the issues he took on.”
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Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.
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Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes.
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Vice President Joe Biden arrives. For decades, Biden and Specter took the train to and from Washington, D.C. together.
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Former United States Senator Arlen Specter died Sunday. He was 82-years-old. Check out our photo gallery of Specter through the years.
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Specter was born on February 12, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas. He was the youngest child of Lillie, an American woman, and Harry Specter, a man who immigrated from Russia.
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Specter graduated from Russell High School in Kansas and went on to study at the University of Oklahoma. He then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in International Relations. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa in 1951.
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Specter married Joan Levy in 1953. Joan was elected to the Philadelphia City Council in 1979 where she held the seat for four terms.
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In 1965, Specter ran for district attorney of Philadelphia, on the Republic ticket as a registered Democrat. After defeating incumbent Jim Crumlish he changed his registration to Republican.
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Specter rose to prominence in the 1960s as an aggressive Philadelphia prosecutor.
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Specter was also an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission in the 1980s. During his time as assistant counsel he developed the single-bullet theory that posited just one bullet struck both President Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally -- an assumption critical to the argument that presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
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Specter was elected to the Senate in 1980. He spent a record 30 years representing Pennsylvania.
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In this Aug. 19, 1980 file photo Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan holds up the hand of U.S. Senate candidate Arlen Specter at fund-raising party for Specter in Philadelphia.
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Sen. Specter holds up President Clinton's figures on the stimulus package during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 19, 1993. Specter spoke of his opposition to the president's stimulus package saying he was willing to work out a compromise.
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PHILADELPHIA - MAY 18: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) (L) and his wife Joan Specter ride an escalator at the hotel hosting Specter's election night gathering May 18, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specter is fighting a close campaign against Rep. Joe Sestak for the Democratic Senate nomination as voters go to the polls today. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joan Specter;Arlen Specter
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PHILADELPHIA - MAY 17: Supporters of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) cheer as he arrives for a campaign stop outside Citizens Bank Park May 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specter, who switched political parties last year, faces U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary tomorrow. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Arlen Specter
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MEDIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Republican presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ), vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) during a rally outside the Delaware County Courthouse September 22, 2008 in Media, Pennsylvania. Thousands attended the late afternoon rally in support of the candidates. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Arlen Specter;Sarah Palin;John McCain
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Specter with President George Bush at the Pittsburgh International Airport on April 19, 2004.
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In 1988, Specter co-sponsored an amendment to the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination in the rental, sale, marketing and financing of the nation’s housing.
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Actor Christopher Reeve, right, and actress/producer Jennifer Estess, left, listen as Senator Arlen Specter, middle, speaks during a news conference after a hearing on stem cell research April 26, 2000 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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On February 16, 2005, Specter announced he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He continued working during chemotherapy and ended treatment on July 22.
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U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (R) speaks as Specterlooks on during a news conference on immigration reform April 4, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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In 2008, Specter announced he was battling cancer for a second time.
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Specter takes questions during a news conference April 28, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Specter announced that he will switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.
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Specter and his wife Joan walk inside the Hart Senate Office Building April 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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President Barack Obama speaks as Specter listens during a press conference welcoming him to the Democratic Party at the White House on April 29, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Specter waves goodbye after conceding defeat at a primary night gathering of supporters and staff with his wife Joan Specter and family members May 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specter was defeated by Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary.
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Specter (D-PA) delivers an opening statement during a hearing on "Body Building Products and Hidden Steroids: Enforcement Barriers" on Capitol Hill September 29, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Vice President Joe Biden joins hands with U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) at a Labor Day parade outside the Mellon Arena September 7, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Specter attends a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month May 27, 2010 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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Specter attends the National Museum of American Jewish History opening gala hosted by Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler at National Museum of American Jewish History on November 13, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Sen. Specter shakes hands with First Step Foundation founder Cody Unser during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee about human embryonic stem cell research on Capitol Hill September 16, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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President Barack Obama greets Specter during a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month May 27, 2010 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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Speaker of the House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) receives pecan pies from Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) (L) and a giant Hershey bar from Rep. Arlen Specter (D-PA) to settle a bet after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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Specter poses for photos during the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 5, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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On August 28, Specter announced that he was battling cancer for the third time.
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On October 14, 2012, Senator Specter died at his home in Philadelphia from complications of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement released by his family. He was 82-years-old .
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