Former U.S. Sen. Dick Clark, who campaigned across Iowa, dies at 95

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US Senator Dick Clark in 1978.

Dick Clark, a Democrat who represented Iowa in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 1979, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, DC. He was 95 years old.

He died peacefully in his sleep, his family said.

Clark defeated two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Jack Miller in a 1972 campaign in which he crossed Iowa on foot, greeting Iowans one-on-one. His victory came a year when Republicans Richard Nixon and Robert Ray won Iowa’s votes for president and governor.

Bill Roach, a former Clark staffer during Clark’s campaign and Senate tenure, said “there was a basic kindness about him.”

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