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Howell Heflin

Howell HeflinAKA Howell Thomas Heflin

Born: 19-Jun-1921
Birthplace: Poulan, GA
Died: 29-Mar-2005
Location of death: Sheffield, AL
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Glendale Cemetery, Leighton, AL

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Alabama, 1979-97

Military service: USMC (1942-46)

Howell Heflin was a three-term Senator from Alabama, best remembered for once pulling a pair of ladies' underwear out of his suit's breast pocket and blowing his nose into it. Cameras clicked and flashbulbs popped, and knowing that the photos would be all over the media within hours, Senator Heflin issued an explanatory press release within an hour:

"I mistakenly picked up a pair of my wife's white panties and put them in my pocket while I was rushing out the door to go to work. Rather than take a chance on being embarrassed again, I'm going to start buying colored handkerchiefs."

Father: Marvin Rutledge Heflin
Mother: Louise D. Strudwick
Wife: Elizabeth Ann Carmichael (m. 1952)
Son: Howell Thomas Heflin, Jr.

    High School: Colbert County High School, Leighton, AL
    University: BA, Birmingham-Southern College (1942)
    Law School: JD, University of Alabama School of Law (1948)

    US Senator, Alabama (1979-97)
    Alabama State Supreme Court (1971-77)
    Alfalfa Club 1986
    Coalition for a Democratic Majority Advisory Board
    Gore 2000
    Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
    Alfalfa Party candidate for US President
    Silver Star
    Purple Heart
    International Security Leadership Award 1988
    Risk Factors: Obesity, Pacemaker


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