By Jessica Ridgway
Channel 2 News
5:43 PM CST, November 18, 2012
Today would have been the 89th birthday of Senator Ted Stevens.
Stevens, who died in a plane crash in 2010, served as a United States Senator from December 24, 1968 to January 3, 2009. His 41 years in office make him the longest-serving Republican senator in history.
In honor of Stevens' birthday, Senator Lisa Murkowski visited his gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery and reflected on the memory of the former senator.
"A great man who did wonderful things that will live beyond for decades and centuries into the future," says Murkowski. "Happy birthday Ted, we miss you."
Since his death, a mountain and ice field in Denali National Park and the Joint Mobility Complex at Eielson Air Force Base were dedicated and renamed in honor of Ted Stevens. The next United States Navy warship will also praise his name.
Stevens was also a husband, a father of 6, and a military veteran.
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