Alaska lost its iconic lawmaker, Ted Stevens, in a plane crash on Monday night. Stevens was the longest-serving Republican senator in history and served six terms in the U.S. Senate. The former senator lost his re-election bid in 2008, after he was convicted on corruption charges. The charges against Stevens were later dropped at the request of United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who found prosecutorial misconduct during Stevens’ trial.
Steve Heimel, the host of the Alaska Public Radio Network’s call-in show, “Talk of Alaska,” talks about Stevens’ legacy in Alaska. Heimel reported on Stevens’ career for almost thirty years.