Ken Starr, Clinton investigator, dead at 76. Ken Starr died in Houston at age 76 from complications from surgery, family says in statement.
Famed Clinton investigator Kenneth Starr died Tuesday at 76 after an unknown lengthy illness.
A Reagan judicial appointee and Solicitor General under George H.W. Bush, Starr earned his fame when he served as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in the House.
His lengthy and aggressive Whitewater investigation captivated the nation when it snowballed into the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
He died at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston of complications from surgery.
Ken Starr, a noted attorney who helped impeach one president and defended another from the same fate, died Tuesday at the age of 76.
Starr died in Houston of complications from surgery at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, a statement released by his family said.
“We are deeply saddened with the loss of our dear and loving Father and Grandfather, whom we admired for his prodigious work ethic, but who always put his family first,” Starr’s son, Randall P. Starr, said in a statement. “The love, energy, endearing sense of humor, and fun-loving interest Dad exhibited to each of us was truly special, and we cherish the many wonderful memories we were able to experience with him. He is now with his Lord and Savior.”
Starr, a venerated lawyer and Republican operative, was best known for his role as the independent counsel in the Whitewater affair. Appointed in 1994 to probe a shadowy land deal involving President Bill Clinton’s tenure as governor of Arkansas, Starr widely expanded the probe.
The investigation snowballed from Clinton’s involvement in the failed real estate venture to misconduct in the White House travel office, the unauthorized obtaining of FBI personnel files by senior administration staffers, and finally the president’s affair with an intern named Monica Lewinsky.
Who was Ken Starr?
Born in Vernon Texas in 1946, Starr was the son of a Congregationalist minister and grew up in San Antonio. He excelled at school, eventually graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history from George Washington University in 1968.
Starr earned a master’s degree from Brown University the year after. In the early 1970s, he attended Duke University Law School, where he edited the institution’s law journal.
After graduating from Duke Law in 1973, Starr clerked for a federal appellate court judge. The experience led to a two-year clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger between 1975 and 1977.
The experience helped land Starr a Justice Department job in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan swept into office. Starr excelled in the role, serving as an aide to the attorney general.