Former U.S. Senator Stevens Dies In Remote Alaska Plane Crash

Ted Stevens, who spent four decades in the U.S. Senate from Alaska before losing re-election in 2008, was killed in the crash of a small plane during a fishing trip in a rural part of the state. Lawmakers said Stevens, a Republican whose Senate tenure set the record for his party, leaves a legacy that included helping achieve Alaska’s statehood and fighting for the interests of his adopted home state. “Ted always said, ‘To hell with politics. Do what is best for Alaska’” Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, said in a statement. “He never apologized for fighting for his state, and Alaska is better for it today.” Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, called Stevens, who was 86, “a warrior and a true champion of Alaska.”