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More than 20 current and former senators, foreign representatives and governors — including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — also attended the funeral, which was broadcast nationally.

Mr. Stevens was appointed to the Senate in December 1968 and spent 40 years in office. The late Sen. Strom Thurmond was in the Senate longer than Mr. Stevens, but he spent a decade there as a Democrat before switching to the GOP.

Mr. Stevens began his career in public service in the days before Alaska’s statehood in 1959 and did not leave politics until he lost an election in 2008, when he was convicted of corruption charges shortly before Election Day. A federal judge later threw out the verdict because of misconduct by federal prosecutors.

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, drew thunderous applause at the funeral when he said people knew Mr. Stevens wasn’t guilty of corruption.

Mr. Inouye and Mr. Stevens worked together from the time their states were just territories. He said his and Mr. Stevens‘ relationship epitomized bipartisanship — knowing they had to fight together to make progress — and he also noted the many Democrats in the church.

Mr. Stevens was killed Aug. 9 north of Dillingham when the plane he was on smashed into a hillside while on a fishing trip. Four people, including ex-NASA chief Sean O’Keefe and his son, were among the survivors.

The others killed in the crash were pilot Theron Smith; General Communications Inc. executive Dana Tindall; her 16-year-old daughter, Corey Tindall; and William “Bill” Phillips Sr., who worked with Mr. Stevens in Washington.

The family hasn’t decided where to bury Mr. Stevens.

Associated Press writers Rachel D’Oro in Anchorage and Becky Bohrer in Juneau contributed to this story.