In a somber announcement, the family of former Sen. Dick Clark (D-IA) has revealed that the Iowa native has passed away at the age of 95. According to the announcement, the former lawmaker died peacefully at his Washington, D.C., home on Sept. 20.
Former Iowa Sen. Dick Clark dead at 95 https://t.co/52sBfEqQfD
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Clark’s political journey was marked by an ingenious campaign approach that set him apart. During his successful bid for a single term in the Senate in 1972, he traversed the entire state of Iowa, walking alongside his dedicated supporters.
These walks, which a report by The New York Times added up to 1,300 miles, played a pivotal role in securing his victory as he defeated the two-term incumbent Republican Jack Miller with an impressive 55% of the vote.
During his six-year term in the Senate, Clark’s focus extended beyond the borders of Iowa. He channeled his energy into humanitarian efforts, aiding refugees in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Additionally, he dedicated significant efforts to Africa, advocating for policies that supported newly independent nations and opposed the oppressive system of apartheid.
According to him, his work in Africa had led to funding being redirected against his campaign.
Following his tenure in the Senate, President Jimmy Carter appointed Clark as ambassador-at-large for a refugee crisis tied to the Vietnam War. In this role, Clark collaborated with Congress to formulate a comprehensive refugee policy and established a framework to provide assistance to those in need.
In the later stages of his career, Clark became an integral part of the Aspen Institute, a renowned international nonprofit organization. His primary focus was on helping members of Congress gain a deeper understanding of specific foreign policy matters. Notably, Clark worked to mend relations with Vietnam, facilitating meetings between U.S. and Vietnamese officials.
Before venturing into the realm of politics, Dick Clark answered the call of duty by serving in the Army from 1950 to 1952 in Europe. He pursued his education at Upper Iowa University and the University of Iowa, where he earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees.
Clark’s legacy extends beyond his political career, as he is survived by his loving wife, his daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.