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Former Senator and actor Fred Thompson, 73. After rising to prominence as counsel in the Watergate investigation, Thompson turned actor, playing himself in the 1985 legal drama Marie. He won Al Gore’s Tennessee seat in the U.S. Senate in 1994, serving eight years before returning to acting with a role on NBC’s Law & Order. He also ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

• Ahmad Chalabi, 71, Iraqi politician whose flawed account of Saddam Hussein’s weapons program helped persuade the U.S.-led coalition to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam’s regime.


Matt Bevin, as governor of Kentucky. The 48-year-old GOP political neophyte, a grassroots favorite, defeated his Democratic opponent by nearly 9 points thanks in part to his fierce opposition to President Obama’s health care law. A Democrat has held the governorship for 40 of the past 44 years.

This appears in the November 16, 2015 issue of TIME.

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