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Arlen Specter

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Born: Feb. 12, 1930, in Wichita, Kan.

Education: B.A. in international relations, University of Pennsylvania, 1951; LL.B., Yale University, 1956.

Military Service: U.S. Air Force, 1951-53.

Family: Wife, Joan Levy; two children.

Career: Practicing lawyer, 1956-59 and 1964-66; assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, 1959-63; counsel to the Warren Commission, 1964; Philadelphia district attorney, 1966-74, a position he won after unsuccessfully seeking the Democratic nomination and then switching parties to run against his former boss; Republican nominee for mayor of Philadelphia, 1967; practicing lawyer and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania law school, 1974-80; candidate for GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, 1976; candidate for GOP nomination for Pennsylvania governor, 1978; U.S. Senate, 1980-present; ranking Republican, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, 1989-present; chairman, 1995-present; seeking the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.

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