(FOX News) - Former Arkansas Gov. and Sen. Dale Bumpers died Friday night, according to his family. He was 90.
Bumper was known as a relatively unknown lawyer who rose in politics through a series of improbable victories and for defending fellow Democrat Bill Clinton during the president's impeachment trial.
Bumpers' first election victory was his defeat of former Gov. Orval Faubus in the 1970 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He then upset incumbent Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller in the general election. Four years later he defeated incumbent U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in the Democratic primary and won the seat.
Bumpers earned the nickname "giant killer" for taking down incumbents.