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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - -

Ted Welch, a prolific fundraiser in Tennessee Republican politics for four decades, has died. He was 80.
 
Welch's wife, Colleen Conway-Welch, told The Tennessean he died due to complications from a fall. Vanderbilt Medical Center Hospital in Nashville confirmed Welch died at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
 
Welch started raising money for candidates in 1970 for Winfield Dunn's winning run for governor. His efforts covered the modern campaigns of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam. He also worked with senators Howard Baker, Bill Brock, Bill Frist and Fred Thompson, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Republicans at the state level.
 
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander released the following statement about his friend.

"Ted Welch raised millions to support candidates for public office, symphonies and other charitable causes and, in my experience, never asked for one thing for himself in return. He was tireless. As a volunteer, he traveled with me to 250 presidential campaign fundraising events during one year.  The most feared seven words among those who knew him were, ‘Ted Welch is holding on line one.' Honey and I will miss him greatly and extend our sympathies to Colleen and to his family."

U.S. Senator Bob Corker released this statement:

"Ted Welch's passing marks the end of an era in Tennessee Republican history," said Corker. "Not only will Ted be remembered for his energy, loyalty and drive but also for being a friend to many, admired by many and a powerhouse in Tennessee and across the country."

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