Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has died. The long time Republican Senator passed away from complications associated with his long batter with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Specter was a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched parties given the anti-moderate sentiments in the Republican Party. He ran in the Democratic primary only to be defeated by Joe Sestak, who was in turn defeated by current Senator Pat Toomey.
While Specter may have been opposed to same-sex marriage, he opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment and helped to write the Matthew Shepard Act and voted in favor of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Specter was a long time politician, and he served in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He died at his home in Philadelphia after the cancer entered his brain. He was 87.