House and Senate to combine terror bills

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- House and Senate negotiators, working to combine each chamber's terror legislation into one bill to send to the president, face public and political pressure to

Senate restricts liberties in terror fight

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Senate late Thursday passed the most sweeping changes to American civil liberties in a generation with hardly any committee or floor debate, leaving one member to complain about the lack of deliberation in the process that will change how the United S

Justice: Terror bill keeps civil liberties

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- As Senate Democrats and the Bush administration negotiate the few remaining obstacles in pending anti-terrorism legislation, a top negotiator at the Justice Dep
SAM DEALEY, For United Press International

Terrorism bill power does not end

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- An anti-terrorism bill the Senate will consider next week does not include a 2-year "sunset" on new surveillance powers that was included in a House version to

Senate to 'expedite' anti-terrorism bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Senate next week will consider an anti-terrorism bill that omits key civil liberties safeguards included in a House version, sources familiar with the Senat

House passes antiterrorism bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The House Judiciary Committee sent to the full House Wednesday a bill that would hand sweeping new powers to the government to spy on, detain and deport suspect

GOP turns up heat on terror package

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Republicans Tuesday warned that to prevent future terrorist attacks Congress must quickly agree to a bill handing the government powerful new tools to spy on an
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Patrick Leahy
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (R) listens to testimony at a committee hearing on "The Performance Rights Act and Parity among Music Delivery Platforms" on Capitol Hill in Washington on August 4, 2009. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn

Patrick Joseph Leahy (pronounced /ˈleɪhiː/; born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont and member of the Democratic Party. He is the first and only elected Democratic United States Senator in Vermont's history. He is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy is the second most senior U.S. Senator, and second longest-serving Democrat in the U.S. Senate having served since 1975.

Leahy was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the son of Alba (née Zambon) and Howard Francis Leahy, a printer. His grandparents came to Vermont from Ireland and Italy during the 19th century to work at quarries.

Leahy graduated from Saint Michael's College in 1961 and received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He practiced as a lawyer until he was elected for four terms as State's Attorney of Chittenden County from 1966 to 1974. Leahy was elected to the United States Senate for the first time in 1974 (at 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected by Vermont). Leahy was the first and remains the only Democrat elected to the Senate from Vermont. He was also the first non-Republican Senator from Vermont since 1856.

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