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Kenneth Starr, Lead Counsel in Clinton’s Impeachment, Dies

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Kenneth Starr | Image by Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0

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Kenneth Winston Starr, former U.S. solicitor general under former President George H. W. Bush, passed away Tuesday due to complications from surgery.

He died in Houston at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, per the Waco Tribune-Herald.


Starr was known for his independent counsel investigation into then-President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, which led to the former president becoming the second president in U.S. history to be impeached.

He later served as Baylor University’s president from 2010 to 2016, also becoming its chancellor in 2013.

“Judge Starr was a dedicated public servant and ardent supporter of religious freedom that allows faith-based institutions such as Baylor to flourish,” said Baylor President Linda Livingstone in a statement.

She continued, “Ken and I served together as Deans at Pepperdine University in the 2000s, and I appreciated him as a Constitutional law scholar and a fellow academician who believed in the transformative power of higher education.”

“Baylor University and the Baylor Family express our deepest sympathies to [the Starr family], and our prayers remain with them as they mourn the loss of a husband, father, and grandfather. May God’s peace and comfort surround them and give them strength now, and in the days to come,” concluded Livingstone.

Among Starr’s accomplishments in life was his assistance in establishing the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, strengthening the partnership between the Baylor College of Medicine and the Baylor Scott & White Health hospital system.

However, his work investigating former President Clinton will likely go down as the most significant marker of his legacy.

Starr was 76 years old when he died.    

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Bill Fox
Bill Fox
13 days ago

Seems odd that they didn’t mention how he had to step down from his position at Baylor because he attempted to cover up the sexual assaults perpetrated by the football team, which should be the most significant marker of his legacy.

R S
R S
Reply to  Bill Fox
12 days ago

It’s because it was all done in Texas!

Get Real
Get Real
12 days ago

Ironic that the Baylor University sexual assault scandal was the result of numerous allegations of and convictions for sexual and non-sexual assaults committed by Baylor University students, mostly players in the Baylor Bears football team. During a period from about 2012 to 2016, school officials suppressed reports of rapes and sexual misconduct. In 2016, Baylor’s football team came under fire when it was revealed university officials had failed to take action regarding the alleged rapes and assaults. The scandal led to the ousting of head football coach Art Briles, the demotion and eventual resignation of Baylor president Ken Starr, the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw, and the firing of two others connected with the football program. 

Anna
Anna
12 days ago

R. I. P. Great servant of the people. Prayers for your family. 🙏