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Jim Jeffords dies at 80; Vermont senator who left the GOP in 2001
Jim Jeffords dies at 80; Vermont senator who left the GOP in 2001

Although he made his career in politics, Jim Jeffords was a modest man who disliked cameras and speeches. In May 2001, however, the three-term senator from Vermont found himself in the spotlight when he quit the Republican Party and tipped the Senate into Democratic hands. The GOP, he said at the time, no longer reflected the moderate principles in which he believed. Jeffords died Monday at a military retirement residence in Washington, D.C., according to Diane Derby, a former press secretary and family spokeswoman. The cause of death was unclear, but Jeffords had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. He was 80. Jeffords served more than 30 years in Congress, starting when he was...

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