Arlen Specter

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

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.

Vol. 15, Issue 12

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories