Dick Clark, the innovative Democratic Senator from Iowa, has passed away at the age of 95, as per a statement from his family.
Known for his unique approach to politics, Clark campaigned for his Senate seat in 1972 by walking across Iowa. This grassroots approach, often with supporters by his side, helped him unseat the then two-term Republican, Jack Miller. During his tenure, Clark championed the cause of Vietnam War refugees and took a strong stance against apartheid in Africa.
While he clinched a clear victory to become a U.S. senator from his home state of Iowa in 1972, he would only go on to serve one term.
Post his Senate journey, President Jimmy Carter recognized Clark’s dedication and appointed him as an ambassador-at-large, focusing on the refugee crisis emerging from the Vietnam War. In collaboration with Congress, Clark played an instrumental role in framing a refugee policy and establishing a mechanism for their aid.
Clark served in the Army and was stationed in Europe between 1950-52. Clark’s legacy is cherished by his loving wife, a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.