Juan Carlos Vargas is a U. S. politician, the U. S. Representative for California's 51st congressional district since 2013; the district includes all of Imperial County as well as the southernmost portions of San Diego County. He is a Democrat. Vargas served in the California State Senate representing the 40th District, the California State Assembly representing the 79th district, the San Diego City Council. Juan Vargas was born on a chicken ranch in National City, where he grew up poor, he is the third of ten children of Tomas and Celina Vargas, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940s as part of the Bracero program. Vargas graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from University of San Diego and earned an MA in Humanities from Fordham University in New York City. After college, Vargas joined the Jesuit Novitiate in Santa Barbara. In the Jesuits, Vargas served in an orphanage in the civil-war-torn jungles of El Salvador. After leaving the Jesuits, he decided on law school and graduated in 1991 with a JD from Harvard Law School.
In 1992, he decided to run for the newly created 50th Congressional District, based in San Diego. He lost the Democratic primary. Bob Filner went on to win the election. Vargas served on the San Diego City Council from 1993–2000. While on the Council, he created "Operation Restore" to employ homeless individuals to remove graffiti and to rehabilitate homes. In 1996, Vargas decided to challenge Filner in the Democratic primary. Vargas wouldn't debate Filner, so the incumbent instead sparred with a life-sized Vargas cardboard cutout. Vargas said. Filner defeated him 55%–45%. In 2000, Vargas decided to run for California's 79th State Assembly district, he defeated Republican Jon Parungao 77%–19%. In 2002, he defeated Republican Mark Fast 66%–30%. In 2004, he defeated Libertarian Eli Wallace Conroe 85%–15%. In his first year in the Assembly, he was appointed Assistant Majority Leader, he authored AB 188, legislation that bans smoking in children's playgrounds. He introduced legislation aimed at protecting children from arcade video games.
Vargas authored legislation to mandate life sentences for people who commit violent sex crimes against children, which served as a model for Chelsea's Law. Business and Professions Insurance In 2006 Vargas decided to challenge Filner for a third time, this time in California's 51st congressional district. Vargas accused Filner of being a part of the culture of corruption of Washington, pointing out that Filner had paid his wife more than $500,000 in campaign funds for consulting services performed from their condominium in Washington. Filner in return argued that Vargas had controversial payments to his brother-in-law, a lobbyist for realtors. Filner defeated Vargas 51%–43%, with Danny Ramirez getting 6% of the vote. After leaving the State Assembly in 2006 due to term limits, Vargas took a job with a home and small business insurance company, where he was tasked with creating jobs and outreach in diverse San Diego Communities as part of the company's diversity initiative. Vargas left that job at the end of 2009 to run as a Democratic candidate for the California State Senate.
In 2010 Vargas narrowly won a seat in 40th District. He defeated Assemblywoman Mary Salas by 22 votes, after recounts in San Diego and Riverside counties, he resigned from the Senate effective January 2, 2013 so that he could take his seat as a Congressman. A special election to fill his seat was held in March 2013. Standing CommitteesBanking & Financial Institutions Agriculture Business and Economic Development Education Public Employment and RetirementSubcommitteeEducation: Sustainable School FacilitiesJoint CommitteeRulesSelect CommitteeRecovery, Re-Alignment In 2012 when Filner announced he would retire from Congress to run for Mayor of San Diego, Vargas endorsed him despite their history of bitter rivalry. Vargas ran for Filner's seat in the 51st district. In the open primary, he ranked first with 46% of the vote. Republican Michael Crimmins ranked second with 20%, Democratic State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny came in third with 15%, four other candidates received single digit percentages.
In November, he defeated Crimmins 71%–29%. He was sworn in on January 3, 2013. Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research and Foreign Agriculture Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee on Terrorism and Trade Committee on House Administration New Democrat Coalition Congressional Hispanic Caucus Climate Solutions Caucus He and his wife, live in the Golden Hill area of San Diego and have two daughters, Rosa Celina and Helena Jeanne. During the 1999 armed conflict in Kosovo, Vargas welcomed a Kosovar refugee family into his family's home for nearly two years. List of Hispanic Americans in the United States Congress Congressman Juan Vargas official U. S. House website Juan Vargas for Congress Juan Vargas at Curlie Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Profile at Vote Smart Financial information at the Federal Election Commission Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Gregory Livingston Harper is an American politician who served as the U. S. Representative for Mississippi's 3rd congressional district from 2009 to 2019, he is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes the wealthier portions of the state capital, along with most of that city's suburbs. Other cities in the district include Meridian, Natchez and Brookhaven. In January 2018, Harper announced that he would retire from Congress and not run for re-election in 2018. Harper was born in Mississippi, he spent eight years working as Chairman of the Rankin County, Mississippi Republican Party, served as a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention. He was appointed by the party as an observer during the controversial 2000 Florida presidential recount. Harper graduated from Mississippi College in 1978 with a degree in Chemistry and from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981, he has worked as a private practice attorney since receiving this degree. He was the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland, Mississippi.
Joint Committee of Congress on the Library Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee on Environment and Economy Committee on Ethics Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections Republican Study Committee Congressional Arts Caucus Veterinary Medicine Caucus U. S.-Japan Caucus Harper introduced the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act into the House on May 16, 2013. The bill, which passed in both the House and the Senate, would end taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and divert the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health; the total funding for research would come to $126 million over 10 years. As of 2014, the national conventions got about 23% of their funding from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. Harper was ranked as the 89th most bipartisan member of the U. S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy.
In December 2017, as chairman of the House Committee on Administration, Harper supported a review of overhauling the Congressional Accountability Act which makes it harder for victims of sexual harassment to come forward with allegations than victims in the private sector. Harper said a review was "long overdue". Gregg Harper won the Republican nomination in Mississippi's 3rd congressional district on April 1, 2008 with 57% of the vote; this was tantamount to election in this Republican district. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Joel Gill in the November General Election winning 63% of the vote, he is a deacon of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, where he had been a Sunday School teacher. He has a 28-year old son with Fragile X syndrome. Gregg Harper at Curlie Appearances on C-SPAN Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Profile at Vote Smart Financial information at the Federal Election Commission Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Roy Dean Blunt is an American politician, the senior United States Senator from Missouri, serving since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as Missouri Secretary of State. Born in Niangua, Blunt is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and Missouri State University. After serving as Missouri Secretary of State from 1985 to 1993, he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives for Missouri's 7th Congressional District in 1996. There he served as Republican Whip from 2003 to 2009. Blunt ran for United States Senate in 2010; the following year, he was elected vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Blunt is the dean of Missouri's Congressional delegation, was elected to serve as Policy Committee chairman in November 2018. Blunt was born in Niangua, the son of Neva Dora and Leroy Blunt, a politician, he earned a B. A. degree in history in 1970 from Southwest Baptist University. During his time in college, he received three draft deferments from the Vietnam War.
Two years he earned a master's degree in history from Missouri State University. Blunt was a high school history teacher at Marshfield High School from 1970 to 1972, taught at Southwest Baptist University and as a member of the adjunct faculty at Drury University, he went on to serve as president of Southwest Baptist University, his alma mater, from 1993-96. Blunt entered politics in 1973, when he was appointed county clerk and chief election official of Greene County, Missouri, he was subsequently served a total of 12 years. In 1980 incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Phelps ran for governor. Blunt, the Greene County Clerk, decided to run for the open seat and won the Republican primary, but lost the general election to State Representative Ken Rothman 56%–44%. In 1984, after incumbent Democratic Missouri Secretary of State James C. Kirkpatrick decided to retire, Blunt ran for the position and won the Republican primary with 79% of the vote. In the general election, he defeated Democratic State Representative Gary D. Sharpe 54%–46%.
He became the first Republican to hold the post in 50 years. In 1988, he won reelection against Democrat James Askew 61%–38%. Since incumbent Republican Governor John Ashcroft was term-limited, Blunt ran for the governorship in 1992. Missouri Attorney General William Webster won the Republican primary, defeating Blunt and Missouri Treasurer Wendell Bailey 44%–40%–15%. Webster lost the general election to Mel Carnahan. In 1996 Blunt decided to run for the United States House of Representatives after incumbent U. S. Representative Mel Hancock honored his pledge to serve only four terms. Blunt ran in Missouri's 7th congressional district, the state's most conservative district, in the Ozark Mountains in the southwest. Blunt's political action committee is the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund. On August 6, 1996, he won the Republican primary, defeating Gary Nodler 56%–44%. In the general election, he defeated Democrat Ruth Bamberger 65%–32%. EducationBlunt supported the No Child Left Behind Act, he voted in favor of school vouchers within the District of Columbia but against broader legislation allowing states to use federal money to issue vouchers for private or religious schools.
He received a 17% rating from the National Education Association in 2003. Fiscal issuesBlunt received a 97% rating from the United States Chamber of Commerce, he supported efforts to overhaul U. S. bankruptcy laws, requiring consumers who seek bankruptcy protection to repay more of their debts. Blunt opposes federal cap and trade legislation and supports drilling for oil on the U. S. coastline. He does not believe in man-made global warming, stating: "There isn't any real science to say we are altering the climate or path of the Earth." Gun policyBlunt voted to prohibit lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers if the guns they manufacture or sell are used in a crime. He has voted to require anyone who purchases a gun at a gun show to go through a background check that must be completed within 24 hours, he has received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. Health policyBlunt chaired the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group. In 2006, Blunt advocated for legislation that placed restrictions on over-the-counter cold medicines that could be used in the production of methamphetamines.
The legislation, called the Combat Meth Act, was opposed by retail and drug lobbyists. In August 2009, Blunt stated in two separate newspaper interviews that, because he was 59 years old, "In either Canada or Great Britain, if I broke my hip, I couldn't get it replaced." He stated he had heard the statement in Congressional testimony by "some people who are supposed to be experts on Canadian health care." The PolitiFact service of the St. Petersburg Times reported that it could not find any such testimony. In 2012, Blunt attempted to add an amendment to a highway funding bill that would allow employers to refuse to provide health insurance for birth control and contraceptives. In a press release, Blunt defended the amendment on the grounds that it protected the First Amendment rights of religious employers. Minimum wageBlunt voted against HR 2007-018, which raised the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour. Social issuesHe has voted to ban partial-birth abortions and to restrict or criminalize transporting minors across state lines for the purpose of getting an abortion.
He opposes federal funding for elective abortions in accordance with the Hyde Amendment. He voted in favor of the unsuccessful Federal Marriage Amendment which sought to
United States Senate Committee on Armed Services
The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nation’s military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy, benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other matters related to defense policy. The Armed Services Committee was created as a result of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 following U. S. victory in the Second World War. It merged the responsibilities of the Committee on Naval Affairs and the Committee on Military Affairs. Considered one of the most powerful Senate committees, its broad mandate allowed it to report some of the most extensive and revolutionary legislation during the Cold War years, including the National Security Act of 1947; the committee tends to take a more bipartisan approach than other committees, as many of its members served in the military or have major defense interests located in the states they come from.
According to the Standing Rules of the United States Senate, all proposed legislation, petitions and other matters relating to the following subjects are referred to the Armed Services Committee: Aeronautical and space activities pertaining to or associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations. Common defense. Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Air Force, generally. Maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration and government of the Canal Zone. Military research and development. National security aspects of nuclear energy. Naval petroleum reserves, except those in Alaska. Pay, promotion and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents. Selective service system. Strategic and critical materials necessary for the common defense. Source: Source: 2010 Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Page S6226 Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557 Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296 United States House Committee on Armed Services List of current United States Senate committees Official website Senate Armed Services Committee Report on Torture released November 20, 2008.
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Mark Robert Warner is an American businessman and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Virginia, a seat he was first elected to in 2008. He is a member of the Democratic Party and a Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Prior to his congressional career, Warner was the 69th Governor of Virginia holding the office from 2002 to 2006, is the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Apart from politics, Warner is known for his involvement in telecommunications-related venture capital during the 1980s. In 2006, he was expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2008 U. S. presidential election. Warner was considered to be a potential vice presidential candidate, until he took himself out of consideration after winning the Democratic nomination for the U. S. Senate. Running against his gubernatorial predecessor, Jim Gilmore, Warner won his first election to the Senate in 2008 with 65% of the vote.
Warner won reelection in 2014. Warner was born in Indianapolis, the son of Marjorie and Robert F. Warner, he has Lisa. He grew up in Illinois, in Vernon, where he graduated from Rockville High School, a public secondary school, he has credited his interest in politics to his eighth grade social studies teacher, Jim Tyler, who "inspired him to work for social and political change during the tumultuous year of 1968." He was class president for three years at Rockville High School and hosted a weekly pick-up basketball game at his house, "a tradition that continues today."Warner graduated from George Washington University, earning his B. A. in 1977 with a 4.0 GPA and a minor in political science. He was valedictorian of the first in his family to graduate from college. At GWU he worked on Capitol Hill to pay for his tuition, riding his bike early mornings to the office of U. S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff; when his parents visited him at college, he obtained two tickets for them to tour the White House.
Warner has never practiced law. In the early 1980s, he served as a staffer to U. S. Senator Christopher Dodd, he used his knowledge of federal telecommunication law and policies as a broker of mobile phone franchise licenses, making a significant fortune. As founder and managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, he helped found or was an early investor in a number of technology companies, including Nextel, he co-founded Capital Cellular Corporation, built up an estimated net worth of more than $200 million. As of 2012, he was the wealthiest U. S. Senator. Warner involved himself in public efforts related to health care, telecommunications, information technology and education, he managed Douglas Wilder's successful 1989 gubernatorial campaign and served as chairman of the state Democratic Party from 1993-95. Warner served, in the early 1990s, on the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board and sat in on monthly committee meetings of the Rail and Public Transportation Division.
He unsuccessfully ran for the U. S. Senate in 1996 against incumbent Republican John Warner in a "Warner versus Warner" election. Mark Warner performed in the state's rural areas, making the contest much closer than many pundits expected, he lost to 52 % -47 %, losing most parts of the state including the north. In 2001 Warner campaigned for governor as a moderate Democrat after years of building up a power base in rural Virginia Southwest Virginia, his opponents were Republican Mark Earley, the state's attorney general, the Libertarian candidate William B. Redpath. Warner won with 52.16 percent of the votes, 96,943 votes ahead of the next opponent. Warner had a significant funding advantage. Warner benefited from dissension in Republican ranks after a heated battle for the nomination between Earley, backed by religious conservatives, then-lieutenant governor John H. Hager, some of whose supporters openly backed Warner. In the same election, Republican Jerry Kilgore was elected attorney general, Democrat Tim Kaine was elected lieutenant governor.
In his campaign for governor in 2001, Warner said. After he was elected in 2002, Warner drew upon a $900 million "rainy day fund" left by his predecessor, James S. Gilmore, III. Warner campaigned in favor of two regional sales tax increases to fund transportation. Virginians rejected both regional referendums to raise the sales tax. In 2004, Warner worked with Democratic and moderate Republican legislators and the business community to reform the tax code, lowering food and some income taxes while increasing the sales and cigarette taxes, his tax package effected a net tax increase of $1.5 billion annually. Warner credited the additional revenues with saving the state's AAA bond rating, held at the time by only five other states, allowing the single largest investment in K-12 education in Virginia history. Warner entered into an agreement with Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Virginia Senate to cap state car tax reimb
Amy Jean Klobuchar is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota's affiliate of the Democratic Party, she served as the Hennepin County Attorney. Born in Plymouth, Klobuchar is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, she was a partner at two Minneapolis law firms before being elected county attorney for Hennepin County in 1998, making her responsible for all criminal prosecution in Minnesota's most populous county. Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota's first elected female United States Senator, reelected in 2012 and 2018. In 2009 and 2010, she was described as a "rising star" in the Democratic Party, she is running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Born in Plymouth, Klobuchar is the daughter of Rose, who retired at age 70 from teaching second grade, Jim Klobuchar, an author and a retired sportswriter and columnist for the Star Tribune.
Klobuchar has Beth. Her father is of Slovene descent, her father was an alcoholic who missed family gatherings during her childhood, spent much time away due to his drinking, was arrested for driving under the influence. Her parents divorced. Klobuchar's father initiated the divorce, calling himself another "middle-aged man with wanderlust"; the divorce took a serious toll on the family causing Klobuchar's sister to drop out of high school, leave home early, struggle with personal issues for a while. Klobuchar's relationship with her father did not recover until the 1990s, when he quit drinking. Klobuchar's parents reconciled a few years after the divorce and remained best friends, her father regretted the impact the divorce had on the family. Klobuchar was valedictorian at Wayzata High School, she received her B. A. degree magna cum laude in political science in 1982 from Yale University, where she was a member of the Yale College Democrats, the Feminist Caucus, the improv troupe Suddenly Susan.
During her time at Yale, Klobuchar spent time as an intern for Vice President, former Minnesota Senator, Walter Mondale. Her senior thesis was Uncovering the Dome, a 250-page history of the ten years of politics surrounding the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. After Yale, Klobuchar enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and received her Juris Doctor degree in 1985. After law school, Klobuchar worked as a corporate lawyer. Before seeking public office, besides working as a prosecutor, Klobuchar was a partner at the Minnesota law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty, where she specialized in "regulatory work in telecommunications law", her first foray into politics came after she gave birth and was forced to leave the hospital 24 hours a situation exacerbated by the fact that Klobuchar's daughter, was born with a condition whereby she could not swallow. That experience led Klobuchar to appear before the Minnesota State Legislature advocating for a bill that would guarantee new mothers a 48-hour hospital stay.
Minnesota passed the bill and President Clinton made the policy federal law. Klobuchar was first a candidate for public office in 1994, but she had pledged to drop out if the incumbent, Michael Freeman, got back in the race after failing to win the endorsement of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party for governor. Klobuchar supported Freeman for re-election, he did not seek another term in 1998. Prior to her bids for office, Klobuchar was active in supporting DFL candidates, including Freeman in 1990. Klobuchar was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998, reelected in 2002 with no opposition. African American prison admissions in 2006, Klobuchar's last full year, were 22 times higher than whites. Minnesota Lawyer named her "Attorney of the Year". Klobuchar was President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association from November 2002 to November 2003. 2006 In early 2005 Mark Dayton announced that he would not seek reelection to the U. S. Senate, Klobuchar was recognized early as a favorite for the DFL nomination for the 2006 election.
EMILY's List endorsed Klobuchar on September 29, 2005, Klobuchar won the DFL endorsement on June 9, 2006. She gained the support of the majority of DFL state legislators in Minnesota during the primaries. A poll taken of DFL state delegates showed Klobuchar beating her closest opponent, Patty Wetterling, 66% to 15%. In January, Wetterling endorsed Klobuchar. Former Senate candidate and prominent lawyer Mike Ciresi, seen as a serious potential DFL candidate, indicated in early February that he would not enter the race. In the general election, Klobuchar faced Republican candidate Mark Kennedy, Independence Party candidate Robert Fitzgerald, Constitution candidate Ben Powers, Green Party candidate Michael Cavlan. Klobuchar led in the polls throughout the campaign, won with 58% of the vote to Kennedy's 38% and Fitzgerald's 3%, carrying all but eight of Minnesota's 87 counties, she is the first woman to be elected U. S. Senator from Mi
United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
The United States Senate Committee on Commerce and Transportation is a standing committee of the United States Senate. It is empowered with legislative oversight of the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, interstate commerce, the Internet, aviation, shipping, transportation security, fisheries, climate change, natural disasters, sports, consumer protection, economic development, competitiveness, product safety and standards and measurement; the committee has jurisdiction over coastal zone management, inland waterways, the Panama Canal and other interoceanic canals, commerce aspects of Continental Shelf lands. The Committee is one of the largest in the Senate with 27 members in the 115th Congress, it is composed of seven subcommittees, the Committee Chairman is Sen. John Thune and its Ranking Member is Sen. Maria Cantwell; the majority office is housed in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the minority office is located in the Hart Senate Office Building. The Committee has its roots in the Committee on Commerce and Manufacturers, which served as a standing committee in the early-1800s.
This committee was split in two in the 1820s and remained in this configuration until the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946. Under the LRA, the number of standing committees was decreased to streamline increase congressional efficiency and increase institutional strength; as a result, the Committee on Commerce, the Committee on Manufactures, the Committee on Interstate Commerce, the Committee on Interoceanic Canals were combined into the United States Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. In 1977, as a part of widespread committee reorganization, the Committee renamed the Committee on Commerce and Transportation and given additional oversight jurisdiction over nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the original progenitors of this committee were: United States Senate Committee on Commerce and Manufactures United States Senate Committee on Commerce United States Senate Committee on Manufactures United States Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce United States Senate Committee on Interoceanic Canals United States Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce United States Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences Source Committee on Commerce and Transportation website Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee.
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