Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector died this morning at his home in Philadelphia of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 82.
Often described as a centrist or moderate, Spector started his political career as a Democrat, became a Republican in 1965, and switch back in 2009. The next year, he lost the Democrat nomination in the primary. His seat reverted to the GOP in the general election.
Spector was born in Wichita, Kansas and moved with his family to the small town of Russell, also the hometown of his eventual Senate colleague Bob Dole. His family later moved to Philadelphia, where he would graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. After serving in the Air Force, he earned a law degree at Yale. He was elected to the Senate in 1980, serving from 1981 to 2011.
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