Specter: Give Alito a fair hearing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Judge Samuel Alito should be given a fair hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Harkin, Specter lose buildings

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- When rebellious Republicans joined Democrats to vote down an appropriations bill, they also nixed a move to name buildings after two U.S. senators.

Few thrilled by ID theft bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Senate members will soon be voting on a controversial new identity theft bill, but some experts think it doesn't have enough teeth.

Alito Supreme Court hearings in January

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate officials said Thursday that hearings on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court would begin Jan. 9.

Group alleges improper FBI surveillance

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An advocacy group says documents it has obtained allegedly show the Justice Department violated its own guidelines on surveillance.

Bush holds 'red line' on Miers papers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- President Bush refused Monday to allow senators to review documents on Harriet Miers' work as White House counsel.

Miers told to resubmit response

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Congressional leaders asked Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to resubmit answers to parts of a questionnaire calling her first response incomplete.

Senators debate Miers nomination

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The top two Senators on the Judiciary Committee expressed concern Sunday over Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court.

Specter to vote for Roberts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter reportedly will vote to confirm John G. Roberts Jr. as U.S. Chief Justice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bush, senators to meet on court vacancy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- President Bush will meet with top senators on both sides of the aisle before nominating a successor for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Roberts says he would be no ideologue

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- John Roberts assured senators Thursday he would be no ideologue if confirmed as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Roberts tells Senate Roe vs. Wade settled

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Judge John Roberts told a Senate panel mulling his appointment as chief justice Tuesday he considers the 1973 legalization of abortion as "settled in law."

Specter: Gonzales nomination 'premature'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., says it would be premature for President George W. Bush to nominate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court.

Specter will not ask Roberts about Roe

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee thinks it would be inappropriate to ask Supreme Court nominee John Roberts about specific court decisions.

Specter, Roberts ahead of Senate hearings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts and came away speaking of the judge's confidence and tone of humility.
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Arlen Specter
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) listens to testimony from Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the fourth day of her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

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 Pennsylvania, 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, however saying later that "he did not leave the Republican party, the party left ." 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.

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