Former Arkansas governor and senator Dale Bumpers dies at 90

By Daniel Uria   |   Jan. 2, 2016 at 3:41 PM
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. senator and Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers died at his home in Little Rock at the age of 90.

Bumpers, a Democrat, was known as a "giant killer" during his career as a politician and famously defended against the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999 before retiring. He suffered a fractured hip in early December and reports say his health was in decline.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father and husband Senator Dale Bumpers," his family said in a statement. "He passed away Friday night, January 1, in his home surrounded by our family. We want to thank his many friends and colleagues who have supported him and us over the years. While most people knew him as a great governor, senator and public servant, we remember him best as a loving father and husband who gave us unconditional love and support and whose life provided wonderful guidance on how to be a compassionate and productive person."

Clinton credited Bumpers for aiding Arkansas' educational revenue system as a governor as well as voting against tax cuts and spending increases during his time as a senator in a statement.

"For more than 40 years Hillary and I cherished his friendship," he said. "I am grateful that his advice made me a better governor and President, and that we laughed at each other's jokes even when we'd heard them before, And I'm grateful that he welcomed Hillary to Arkansas and supported her in Washington."

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