Specter died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aged 82, on October 14, 2012, at his home in Philadelphia. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. Statements of condolence were issued by President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President and Mrs. Biden, the Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania, and by many of his colleagues and former opponents in the U.S. Congress, the Pennsylvania legislature, and the city of Philadelphia, among many others.
On May 18, 2010, Specter was defeated by Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Primary election 54% to 46% (Sestak 564,444 votes to Specter’s 481,566). His senate career is scheduled to end in January, 2011. Read more…
Bio: Arlen J. Specter (February 12, 1930 – October 14, 2012) was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. First elected in 1980, he represented his state for 30 years in the Senate. Specter was a moderate who staked out a spot in the political center. Read the rest of his bio on Wikipedia