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Arlen Specter

Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 12, 1930(age 81)
Place of birthWichita, Kansas
Political partyDemocratic
(1951 � 1965, April 28, 2009 � present)
(1966 � April 28, 2009)
SpouseJoan Specter
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.S.)
Yale University (J.D.)
CommitteesAppropriations, Judiciary, Veterans' Affairs, Special Committee on Aging
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1951 � 1953
RankFirst Lieutenant
In officeJanuary 3, 1981 - January 3, 2011
Succeeded byPat Toomey
Preceded byRichard Schweiker
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In officeJanuary 3, 1995 - January 3, 1997
Succeeded byRichard Shelby
Preceded byDennis DeConcini
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In officeJanuary 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byJay Rockefeller
Preceded byAlan Simpson
In officeJanuary 20 - June 6, 2001
Succeeded byJay Rockefeller
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
In officeJanuary 3, 2003 - January 3, 2005
Succeeded byLarry Craig
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
In officeJanuary 3, 2005 - January 3, 2007
Succeeded byPatrick Leahy
Preceded byOrrin Hatch
District Attorney of Philadelphia
In office1966 - 1974
Succeeded byEmmitt Fitzpatrick
Preceded byJames Crumlish

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Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter is a Democrat, but was a Republican from 1965 until switching to the Democratic Party in 2009. Elected to the Senate in 1980, Specter staked out a spot in the political center.

Specter was born in Wichita, Kansas to a Russian immigrant father and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He later served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, graduated from Yale Law School, and opened a law firm with Marvin Katz, who would later become a federal judge. Additionally, Specter served as assistant counsel for the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy and helped devise the "single bullet theory." In 1965, Specter was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia, a position that he would hold until he lost his re-election bid in 1973. In 1980, Specter was elected for the first time to the U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania.

On April 28, 2009, Specter announced that, after 44 years as an elected Republican, he was switching membership to the Democratic Party, On May 18, 2010, Specter was defeated in the Democratic primary by Joe Sestak. He was replaced by current Senator Pat Toomey on January 3, 2011.

In the Fall of 2011 Specter will teach a course on the relationship between Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, focusing on separation of powers and the confirmation process, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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US Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., competes in the 2007 Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest. He finished second. Read about it on Pennsyltucky Politics at Specter finished second behind a guy from The Onion and ahead of Wonkette founder Ana Marie Cox. The video begins a few seconds late because I thought the camera was on.
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Talk Radio News Service Correspondent Geoff Holtzman captures video of the latest stunt performed by The Yes Men, a politically charged prank group. Members of the group chased Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) near the Capitol building while protesting climate change. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Angry Constituents Confront Turncoat Arlen Specter at Town Hall Meeting
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Nov. 2, 2008.
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During Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearing, Sen. Arlen Specter asked for her opinion on televising the Supreme Court.
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Katy Abram, who told Sen. Arlen Specter "you have awakened the sleeping giant" at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, tells Sean Hannity she's "proud of what I said, because it's from my heart." She adds that, later in the day, people have allegedly called her on her cell phone following her appearance and called her a racist. Katy called them "cowards." She also admits she was a reformed Democrat who regrets voting for Bill Clinton - twice - and assures that she was "not bused in... I'm a normal person" who wanted to voice her opinion at Sen. Specter's town hall meeting.
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Arlen Specter interrogates Professor Anita Hill during Judge Clarence Thomas' Nomination Hearing.
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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) was shouted down at a health care town hall meeting. The man accused Specter of having his pockets stuffed with money from lobbyists. "One day God is going to stand before you and he's going to judge you and the rest of your damn cronies up on the Hill and then you will get your just deserts," the man said.
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DN Editorial: Arlen: Darlin' or Snarlin'? - Philadelphia Daily News Tweet this news
Philadelphia Daily News--HE'S OLDER, he's even tougher - but after almost half a century in public life, the verdict on -Arlen Specter- remains somewhat elusive. ... - Date : Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:04:25 GMT+00:00
Man in middle - Scranton Times-Tribune Tweet this news
Scranton Times-Tribune--As Pennsylvania's longest-serving US senator, -Arlen Specter- outlasted many of his political enemies. But after 30 years in office, he could not withstand ... - Date : Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:05:28 GMT+00:00
New Year's briefing ... - Tribune Review Tweet this news
Tribune Review---Arlen Specter-, Confused-Pa., accused many of his colleagues of lacking the political courage to make tough votes. He says today's senators shy away from ... - Date : Wed, 29 Dec 2010 05:02:11 GMT+00:00
LEGISLATIVE TALLY - Williamsport Sun-Gazette Tweet this news
Williamsport Sun-Gazette---Arlen Specter-, D-Pa., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., both voted yes. The House voted 215-144 in favor of the Food Safety Modernization Act to overhaul the nation's ... - Date : Mon, 27 Dec 2010 05:25:33 GMT+00:00
Christine M. Flowers: GROWING UP WITH ARLEN - Philadelphia Daily News Tweet this news
Philadelphia Daily News--I DON'T KNOW -Arlen Specter- personally, but he's been a part of my life for more than four decades. ... - Date : Fri, 24 Dec 2010 08:09:57 GMT+00:00
New England Patriots escape the watchful eye of Arlen Specter - Foreign Policy Tweet this news
Foreign Policy---Arlen Specter- has served his last day in Congress, and the end of his long legislative career also marks the end of his promise to investigate the 2007 ... - Date : Thu, 23 Dec 2010 20:35:58 GMT+00:00
Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell Calls Americans 'Wusses,' Says Chinese ... - Tweet this news Specter- no longer has a political stage from which to spout insane grumblings about the NFL and ... - Date : Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:56:48 GMT+00:00
Casey, Specter announce $41K for fire department - CBS 21 Tweet this news
CBS 21--WASHINGTON, DC - US Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and -Arlen Specter- (D-PA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the ... - Date : Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:49:58 GMT+00:00
No local politicians voted out of office - York Daily Record Tweet this news
York Daily Record--At the federal level, our senator is currently -Arlen Specter-, and he was not on the ballot. Todd Platts, the incumbent US House representative, ... - Date : Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:33:43 GMT+00:00
Specter: No bathroom breaks needed at pennant games - The Hill Tweet this news
The Hill---Arlen Specter- (D-Pa.) shared a little too much information last week about his experience at this fall's National League Championship Series baseball games. ... - Date : Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:08:20 GMT+00:00

Legal offices
Preceded by
James Crumlish
District Attorney of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Emmitt Fitzpatrick
United States Senate
Preceded by
Richard Schweiker
United States Senator from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: John Heinz, Harris Wofford,
Rick Santorum, Bob Casey, Jr.

Succeeded by
Pat Toomey
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis DeConcini
Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
1995 - 1997
Succeeded by
Richard Shelby
Preceded by
Alan Simpson
Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
1997 - 2001
Succeeded by
Jay Rockefeller
West Virginia
Preceded by
Jay Rockefeller
West Virginia
Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
2003 - 2005
Succeeded by
Larry Craig
Preceded by
Orrin Hatch
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
Patrick Leahy
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Schweiker
Republican nominee for United States Senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania
1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004
Succeeded by
Pat Toomey

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