Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.
May 24, 2001 Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He was 80. In this photo, he is speaking at a news conference in Burlington, Vt., to announce his move from the Republican party to being an independent. Stephan Savoia/AP Buy Photo