Romney backers warned of long fight

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney campaigned hard Saturday in Michigan, focusing on both President Obama and his leading Republican challenger, Rick Santorum.
Specter: Santorum is 'far to the right'

Specter: Santorum is 'far to the right'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum bends too far to the right to be U.S. president, former Sen. Arlen Specter, a fellow Pennsylvanian, said Friday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.
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Arlen Specter takes stage at comedy club

Arlen Specter takes stage at comedy club

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter took to the stage at a Philadelphia comedy club to lob jokes at targets including Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.
Jewish GOP candidates grow in number

Jewish GOP candidates grow in number

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A higher number of Jewish Republican congressional candidates in 2012 raises the possibility of a greater presence for the bloc on Capitol Hill, insiders said.
Penn law schools hires Specter

Penn law schools hires Specter

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The University of Pennsylvania says it has hired former Sen. Arlen Specter as an adjunct faculty member beginning this fall.

Toomey retakes Pa. Senate seat for GOP

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey appeared Tuesday to have reclaimed the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter for the Republican Party.

Damascus checking Washington's temperature

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 13 (UPI) -- Damascus is interested in what role lawmakers from the United States could play in advancing talks with Israel, Syrian analysts said.
Obama: News on Sestak offer 'soon'

Obama: News on Sestak offer 'soon'

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters in Washington Thursday the White House will make public its own take on the Joe Sestak controversy "soon."
GOP presses for probe on Sestak job offer

GOP presses for probe on Sestak job offer

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Republicans say they want an investigation of whether Rep. Joseph Sestak was offered a federal job to not challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania.

Gibbs close-lipped on Sestak job offer

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- A string of losses by candidates backed by Barack Obama had the president's press secretary clamming up when pressed by reporters in Washington Thursday.
Critz wins in Dem primary for Murtha seat

Critz wins in Dem primary for Murtha seat

PITTSBURGH, May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak was declared the winner over incumbent Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Senate primary Tuesday night.
Politics 2010: How strong is the anti-incumbent mood?

Politics 2010: How strong is the anti-incumbent mood?

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Rand Paul, a Tea Party movement favorite, Tuesday won the Republican U.S. Senate primary election in Kentucky, election returns indicated.

Specter in fight for one more term

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 18 (UPI) -- A late poll showed Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary between U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and his Democratic challenger too close to call.
Specter: Pragmatism will appeal to voters

Specter: Pragmatism will appeal to voters

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., said Sunday his record would stand up with voters in the upcoming primary despite strong anti-incumbent sentiment.
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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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