Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Arlen Specter, a man who embodied the idea of a left-leaning Republican and even switched to the Democratic Party late in his career, has died, his family announced today. He was 82.
Specter had recently been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was not his first cancer diagnosis; in 2004 he had been diagnosed with advanced-stage unfavorable Hodgkin's lymphoma (stage IVB) but recovered following standard therapy, which included ABVD combination chemotherapy.
Senator Specter served the state of Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1980 through 2011, the longest Senate tenure in the state's history. Most recently he was teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.