Politics 2010: Will Democrats embrace Specter as their candidate?

Politics 2010: Will Democrats embrace Specter as their candidate?

The Democratic primary race between incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter and challenger Rep. Joe Sestak is up in the air as are more than 40 percent of the voters.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Poll: Toomey pulls ahead of Specter

Poll: Toomey pulls ahead of Specter

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Republican candidate Pat Toomey has pulled ahead of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in the race for Specter's seat, a Quinnipiac University poll indicated.

Kyl, Specter: Shed fringe elements

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Arlen Specter, D-Pa., didn't exactly see eye to eye Sunday on whether bipartisanship is possible in financial regulatory reform.
Specter says healthcare will pass

Specter says healthcare will pass

GLENSIDE, Pa., March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., said Monday he thinks Congress has the determination to pass healthcare reform this year.

Specter, Nelson pressured on healthcare

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The only two Democratic U.S. senators to sign anti-tax pledges will be publicly reminded of their commitments, a Washington group says.
Specter: GOP is 'party of obstructionism'

Specter: GOP is 'party of obstructionism'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Republicans are a "party of obstructionism" on healthcare reform, one time GOP Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., said Sunday.
New poll bad news for Sen. Specter

New poll bad news for Sen. Specter

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fewer than one-third of Pennsylvania voters believe U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter should be elected to another term, a poll released Wednesday indicates.

Specter asks Iran envoy to intervene

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., has asked Iran's permanent representative at the United Nations to help win freedom for three hikers.

Obama: Specter a man of the people

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., isn't in Washington to fight for an ideology but for the people of Pennsylvania, President Obama said Tuesday during a fundraiser.
Club for Growth to contact Specter donors

Club for Growth to contact Specter donors

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A conservative group says it will notify donors to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., that they are eligible to receive refunds from the former Republican.

Reconciliation vote possible on healthcare

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., says Democrats may resort to using the unpopular "budget reconciliation" method to pass healthcare reform measures.

Specter: 'I put my neck on the line'

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter told a liberal convention Friday that he has been defending President Obama's healthcare plan more than any other Democrat.

Senators use Twitter to continue clash

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Two U.S. senators used technology to continue a clash over end-of-life provisions in healthcare reform legislation, Twitter files revealed Thursday.
Specter faces angry town hall meeting

Specter faces angry town hall meeting

LEBANON, Pa., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A frequently hostile crowd hurled questions about healthcare reform at U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pa.

Sestak launches challenge to Specter

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., officially launched his challenge Tuesday to Sen. Arlen Specter in next year's Democratic primary.
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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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