Marries Joan Lois Levy, with whom he has two sons, Shanin and Stephen.
Graduates University of Pennsylvania with degree in International Relations
Wins Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat and joins new Republican majority in the chamber.
Runs successfully on Republican ticket for Philadelphia district attorney even though he was a Democrat.
Major events in the Timeline of Arlen Specter:
Named deputy sheriff of Sedgewick County, documented in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” as youngest deputy sheriff in United States history.
U.S. Air Force, serves as second lieutenant, Office of Special Investigations.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, to Harry and Lillian Specter. Raised in Russell, Kansas.
Serves on the Warren Commission, which concludes that a single bullet from a lone assassin killed President John F. Kennedy.
Ekes out win in Senate GOP primary, beating U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey by 17,146 votes, or 1.6 percentage points. Wins a fifth term in November.
Votes for Democrats’ economic stimulus package, inflaming GOP sentiment against him.