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John V. Tunney
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U.S. Senator
    (June 26, 1934-January 12, 2018)
    Born in New York City, New York
    'V' initial stands for Varick
    United States Senator from California (January 2, 1971–January 1, 1977)
    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 38th district (January 3, 1965–January 2, 1971)
    Son of boxer Gene Tunney
    Democrat
    Varick?
    He was Ted Kennedy's toady during the Mary Jo Kopechne saga.
    His first wife divorced him a year into his Senate term.
    He had to fend off a primary challenge from Chicago Seven's Tom Hayden.
    During the race Hayden described Tunney as 'a Chappaquiddick waiting to happen' and Hayden's then-wife Jane Fonda accused him of being 'a playboy dilettante who dates teen‐aged girls' after his campaign tried to go the 'Hanoi Jane' route (Hayden and Fonda later were forced to apologize).
    He prevailed in the primary, but lost in the general to newcomer S.I. Hayakawa.
    He served in the U.S. Air Force.
    He opposed the Vietnam War early.
    He helped expand the Voting Rights Act.
    His 1970 Senate campaign inspired the Oscar-winning film 'The Candidate,' with Robert Redford.
    At the age of 36, he became the youngest member of the Senate after ousting incumbent George Murphy.
    He helped lead efforts for antitrust reform and was a primary sponsor of the Noise Control Act of 1972.
    He returned to California to practice law after losing and never ran for elective office again.
    He had known Ted Kennedy and his family since his days at the University of Virginia School of Law (they were roommates).

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