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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.)


Biography
Political Highlights: Philadelphia district attorney, 1966-74; Republican nominee for mayor of Philadelphia, 1967; defeated for re-election as Philadelphia district attorney, 1973; sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 1976; sought Republican nomination for governor, 1978; U.S. Senate, 1981-2011
Born: Feb. 12, 1930; Wichita, Kan.
Residence: Philadelphia
Religion: Jewish
Family: Wife, Joan Specter; two children
Education: U. of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1951; Yale U., LL.B. 1956
Military Service: Air Force, 1951-53
Start of Service: Elected: 1980 (5th term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Homeland Security; Labor-HHS-Education; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Environment & Public Works (Children's Health; Superfund, Toxics & Environmental Health; Transportation & Infrastructure); Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Constitution; Crime & Drugs - Chairman; Human Rights & the Law); Veterans' Affairs; Special Aging

Defeated by Rep. Joe Sestak, D, in primary election on May 18, 2010

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2004generalArlen Specter (R) 2,925,08052.6
Joseph Hoeffel (D) 2,334,12642.0
James Clymer (CNSTP) 220,0564.0
Betsy Summers (LIBERT) 79,2631.4
1998generalArlen Specter (R) 1,814,18061.3
Bill Lloyd (D) 1,028,83934.8
Dean Snyder (CONSTL) 68,3772.3
Jack Iannantuono (LIBERT) 46,1031.6
1992generalArlen Specter (R) 2,358,12549.1
Lynn Yeakel (D) 2,224,96646.3
John Perry (LIBERT) 219,3194.6
1986generalArlen Specter (R) 1,906,53756.4
Robert Edgar (D) 1,448,21942.9
1980generalArlen Specter (R) 2,230,40450.5
Peter Flaherty (D) 2,122,39148.0
Linda Mohrbacher (SW) 27,2290.6
David Walter (LIBERT) 18,5950.4
Lee Frissell (CON) 16,0890.4
Frank Kinces (COM) 3,3340.1
Roll Call Vitals

10th

Pennsylvania is 10th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Sen. Arlen Specter has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.











Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.