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Stevens' career in the senate began with an appointment and ended in a cloud of allegations in federal prosecution.
Correspondent James Rosen looks at -- part of the story.
Why we get so much -- over to say we're gonna do what's right I don't understand.
With his plain spoken quintessentially American demeanor his Kenny stewardship of the appropriations and commerce committees and his genetic predisposition never to shy from a fight.
The late senator Ted Stevens was a founding father of Alaska and a giant of American politics.
Sometimes -- senator becomes almost the personification.
Of the state.
He literally delivered.
Hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goodies to Alaska help to build the state from.
The frontier wilderness that it was when he became a state into the much more modern integrated did state that we see today.
Stevens helped build the Alaska pipeline champions land conservation and state fisheries and argued for drilling in Alaska's national wildlife refuge an avid outdoorsman he was on a fishing trip when his small plane went down.
Ironically the former World War II aviator had survived the 1978.
Plane crash that killed his first wife.
Any opportunity he could to get -- it is seven.
It stayed you can -- this year and to enjoy the great outdoors and -- collapsed.
Plug the people.
Has really -- all his adult life for that statement.
Jeopardy from state.
Good -- with the people of Alaska.
Asked him I -- they -- And they almost did despite the six term senator's conviction one week before Election Day 2008 on federal corruption charges.
That conviction was dismissed six months later by a federal judge who cited misconduct by FBI and Justice Department officials.
But Stevens lost his bid for a seventh term to Anchorage mayor mark baggage but only 3700 votes and was a measure of Stephens is extraordinary bond with the -- kids.
They understood what he admit to them and to Alaska and they were willing to vote for him even if they thought -- were corrupt.
A special prosecutor is presently investigating whether any of the FBI agents and Justice Department attorneys who acted improperly in -- case should be charged with contempt of court parallel probe.
Within DO -- office of professional responsibility is also ongoing.
Meantime the capital tonight is awash in tribute President Obama said Stevens devoted his career to serving the people of Alaska and fighting for our men and women in uniform.
Senator baggage said Alaska has lost one of its greatest statesman and a true pioneer and senator Joseph Lieberman said he cherishes the example -- set.
In being always doggedly determined to serve the best interest of the people.
Former senator Ted Stevens was 86 -- we'll -- our -- thank you.
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