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Alan J. Dixon was ran for Illinois Secretary of State in 1976, and was elected despite unrest in the Democratic Party at the time. Following one term as Secretary, Dixon was elected to the Senate in 1980, where he served until 1993. During his Senatorial career, Dixon was considered more moderate than either of the other Illinois Senators and was the only one not to seek the presidency. When running for reelection, he was defeated in the primary, despite a history of electoral success which many credit to criticism he received for voting to confirm Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Since Dixon's departure, no Senator has been able to hold his seat for more than one term.
Martin, Douglas (2014, July 7). "Alan J. Dixon, 86, Is Dead; U.S. Senator Who Championed Illinois". New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/us/politics/alan-j-dixon-86-is-dead-….
'Illinois Blue Book 1979-1980,' Alan J. Dixon-Secretary of State, pg. 24-25.