Longtime Sen. Arlen Specter Dead At 82

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter died Sunday morning, according to a statement from his family and reported by the Associated Press and several other outlets. He was 82-years old.

From the AP:

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Republican-turned-Democrat who played a key role in many Supreme Court nominations, has died. He was 82.


His son Shanin Specter says his father died Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia, from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He had battled cancer and other health problems.


Specter served 30 years in the Senate, a Pennsylvania record.