POLITICS
08/10/2010 04:54 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ted Stevens DEAD: Looking Back At The Life Of The Longest-Serving GOP Senator (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Ted Stevens, who died in the plane crash late Monday afternoon, was the longest-serving Republican in the senate. He served from the end of 1968 through his defeat in 2008.

Stevens, who served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, was known as "Uncle Ted," partly due to his ability to bring funds to his home state.

He left behind six children and a wife, Catherine. His first wife, Ann, perished in a plane crash in Alaska in 1978. Stevens survived that crash at Anchorage International Airport, which added his name in 2000.