Key events in career of former Sen. Arlen Specter
Major events in the timeline of outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter's career in politics:
— 1959: Hired as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.
— 1964: Serves on the Warren Commission, which concludes that a lone assassin killed President John F. Kennedy.
— 1965: Runs successfully on Republican ticket for Philadelphia district attorney, even though he was a Democrat.
— 1967: Loses election for Philadelphia mayor.
— 1969: Elected to second term as district attorney.
— 1973: Loses bid for third term as district attorney.
— 1976: Loses GOP Senate primary.
— 1978: Loses GOP gubernatorial primary.
— 1980: Wins Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat and joins new Republican majority in the chamber.
— 1986: Elected to second term in Senate.
— 1987: Helps defeat President Ronald Reagan's Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.
— 1991: Aggressively questions Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination hearing.
— 1992: Elected to third term in Senate.
— 1995: Announces candidacy for president. Suspends campaign later that year amid fundraising difficulties.
— 1998: Elected to fourth term in Senate.
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