Arlen Specter

 

Major events in the timeline of Arlen Specter:

Feb. 12, 1930:




Born in Wichita, Kansas, to Harry and Lillian Specter. Raised in Russell, Kansas.
1934:



Named deputy sheriff of Sedgewick County, documented in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” as youngest deputy sheriff in United States hsitory.
1951:



1951-1953:




Graduates University of Pennsylvania with degree in International Relations 



U.S. Air Force, serves as second lieutenant, Office of Special Investigations.

1953:



Marries Joan Lois Levy, with whom he has two sons, Shanin and Stephen.
1956: Graduates Yale Law School. 
1956-1959: Practices private law.
1959: Hired as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.
1964:



Serves on the Warren Commission, which concludes that a single bullet from a lone assassin killed President John F. Kennedy.



1965:
Runs successfully on Republican ticket for Philadelphia district attorney even though he was a Democrat.

1967:


1969:

Loses election for Philadelphia mayor.


Elected to second term as district attorney.

1973: Loses bid for third term as district attorney.
1976: Loses GOP Senate primary.
1978:




Loses GOP gubernatorial primary.

1980:

Wins Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat and joins new Republican majority in the chamber.
1986: Elected to second term in Senate.
1987: Helps defeat President Ronald Reagan’s Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.
1991: Aggressively questions Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination hearing.
1992:
 


Elected to third term in Senate.


1995:

Announces candidacy for president. Suspends campaign later that year amid fundraising difficulties.
1998: Elected to fourth term in Senate.
2004:


Ekes out win in Senate GOP primary, beating U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey by 17,146 votes, or 1.6 percentage points. Wins a fifth term in November.
2005:



Begins two-year term as chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee.
February 2009: Votes for Democrats’ economic stimulus package, inflaming GOP sentiment against him.
April 28, 2009: Announces he is changing party registration from Republican to Democrat.
May 18, 2010: Specter loses Senate Democratic Party primary.
Dec. 22, 2010: Specter takes last vote in Senate.
Jan. 3, 2011: Senate term officially ends.
Oct. 14, 2012
Senator Specter passes away  Remembering Arlen