Sen. Ted Stevens is sworn in as senator for Alaska in 1972 in the nation's capital. Administering the oath of office is then Vice President Spiro Agnew. Holding the Bible is the late Ann Stevens, Sen. Stevens' first wife, who died in a plane crash in 1978. Ted Stevens was appointed to a Senate seat on Dec. 24, 1968, by Gov. Walter Hickel, to fill the the vacancy caused by the death of Sen. E.L. Bartlett. Stevens has since become one of the most powerful members of the U.S. Senate and has won handily in all his ensuing re-election bids.