R. David Paulison
Robert David Paulison is an American former fire chief who served as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Prior to his appointment, Paulison was perhaps best known nationally for his 2003 advisory regarding household items to have on hand in case of terrorist attack, at the 2009 National Hurricane Conference, he announced he would resign January 21,2009. Paulison was born in 1947 in Miami, after beginning his career as a firefighter, Paulison rose through the ranks, and became fire chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 1992. He was subsequently named fire chief of the year for Florida in 1993, in addition, he was president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. During his time as a firefighter, Paulison was responsible for the cleanup after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the nomination was sent to the U. S. Senate on October 16,2001. Paulison was confirmed unanimously on November 30,2001, among these, three days worth of water and food, emergency supplies, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows and doors.
The latter led to a rush on hardware stores. This overshadowed another of the statements, in an emergency. Later in 2003, Bush appointed Paulison director of the newly created National Preparedness Division of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Directorate and this distinctly DHS Directorate, was made a part of FEMA again almost two years after Paulison became FEMAs acting chief, Department of Homeland Security. In April 2006, Acting FEMA Director and U. S, in April 2008 The Miami Herald had reported that Paulison was considering resigning, which was repudiated by the Under Secretary while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Paulison noted that the newspaper had misunderstood his statements, and that he was attempting to get the agency prepared for the incoming Obama Administration appointee. On January 21,2009, Paulison announced his resignation, sources at the Miami Herald noted that rumors had been swirling that he was “tired” and “disillusioned” and would resign soon but that the White House was pressuring him to stay on.
When asked by reporters if he would consider staying on at the request of the new president and he responded, “probably not. ”Paulison selected Nancy L. Ward, currently a FEMA regional director, to be interim director after his resignation took effect. List of U. S. political appointments that crossed party lines Official FEMA biography
Thomas Richard Tom Carper is the senior United States Senator from Delaware, serving since 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Carper served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993 and was the 71st Governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001, a native of Danville, Carper graduated from Ohio State University. Serving as a Naval Flight Officer in the U. S. Navy from 1968 until 1973, he flew the P-3 Orion as a Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander and saw active duty in the Vietnam War. After leaving the active duty Navy, he remained in the U. S. Naval Reserve for another 18 years, upon receiving his MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975, Carper went to work for the State of Delaware in its economic development office. He was elected State Treasurer, serving from 1977 to 1983, encouraged by local politicians, Carper successfully ran for Delawares only seat in the U. S. House of Representatives in 1982. He served five terms in the House, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization, in 1992 he arranged a swap with term-limited Governor Michael Castle, and the two were easily elected to each others seats.
Carper governed for two terms as a moderate, business-oriented New Democrat, following the lead of the two previous Republican governors and he successfully prevented the closing of a General Motors automobile plant and won a bid for the headquarters of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. He led a campaign and helped improve the states credit rating from among the worst in the nation to an excellent AAA. He pushed for standards-based education, among other reforms, Carper was elected to the U. S. Senate in 2000, beating Republican incumbent William V. Roth, Jr. He was re-elected by landslides in 2006 and 2012, Carper is currently the dean of the Delaware congressional delegation. Carper was born in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Mary Jean and he grew up in Danville and graduated from Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968, where he was a midshipman in the Naval ROTC, at Ohio State, Carper became a member of the Beta Phi Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Serving as a Naval Flight Officer in the U. S. Navy from 1968 until 1973 and he remained in the U. S. Naval Reserve as a P-3 aircraft mission commander for another 18 years and retired with the rank of Captain. Meanwhile, he moved to Delaware and earned a MBA from the University of Delaware in 1975, after which he went to work for the economic development office for the State of Delaware. Carper has been married twice, first in 1978, to Diane Beverly Isaacs, a former Miss Delaware, following a 1983 divorce, he married Martha Ann Stacy in 1985, and with her he had two children and Benjamin. The family are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, while in college at the Ohio State University, Carper worked on the presidential campaign of U. S. Senator Eugene McCarthy, the Minnesota peace candidate, in Delaware he worked as the campaign treasurer for University of Delaware professor James R. Soles in his unsuccessful 1974 bid for the U. S. House of Representatives. After receiving his MBA degree in 1975, Carper went to work for the State of Delawares economic development office
Kyrsten Lea Sinema /ˈkɪərstən ˈsɪnəmə/ is an American politician and the U. S. Representative from Arizonas 9th congressional district, first elected in 2012, Sinema has worked for the adoption of the DREAM Act and has campaigned against Propositions 107 and 102, two voter referendums to ban the recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions in Arizona. After her election to the House of Representatives she joined the conservative Blue Dog Coalition and she is a centrist on liberal-conservative scales. In September 2014, she was endorsed for re-election by the United States Chamber of Commerce, in 2015, she did not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House and only voted 73% with the majority of her own party. She is the first openly bisexual person elected to the U. S. Congress, Sinema was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1976. Her parents divorced when she was a child, when her stepfather lost his job, the family lived for two years in an abandoned gas station in Florida with no running water or electricity.
Sinema was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sinema graduated as high school valedictorian at age 16 and went on to earn her B. A. from Brigham Young University in 1995 at age 18. She left the Mormon church after graduating from BYU, Sinema received her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1999. In 2004, she earned a J. D. from Arizona State University College of Law, in 2012, she earned a Ph. D. in Justice Studies, from Arizona State. Sinema was a worker from 1995 to 2002. In 2000, Sinema worked on Ralph Naders presidential campaign and she practiced law in the Washington Elementary School District She served as an adjunct Business Law Professor at Arizona Summit Law School, formerly known as Phoenix School of Law. Sinema became a defense lawyer in 2005. Sinema has been an instructor in the Arizona State University School of Social Work since 2003. Sinema first ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002 and she finished in last place in a five candidate field, receiving 8% of the vote.
In 2004, Sinema won the Democratic primary for Arizonas 15th District, David Lujan won election with 34%. Sinema was subsequently re-elected three times with over 30% of the vote, in 2009 and 2010, Sinema was an assistant Minority Leader for the Democratic Caucus of the Arizona House of Representatives. In 2010, Sinema was elected to the Arizona Senate, defeating Republican Bob Thomas 63–37%, in 2005 and 2006, she was named the Sierra Clubs Most Valuable Player. In 2010, she was named one of Time Magazines 40 Under 40, in 2006, Sinema sponsored a bill urging the adoption of the DREAM Act
J. Lister Hill
Joseph Lister Hill was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Alabama in the U. S. Congress for more than forty-five years, during his Senate career, he was active on health-related issues and served as Senate Majority Whip. At time of his retirement, Hill was the fourth-most senior Senator and he was born in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, on December 29,1894, the son of one of the Souths most distinguished surgeons, Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill. He was named after Dr. Joseph Lister, the father of antiseptic surgery, following his graduation from Starke University in Montgomery, he entered the University of Alabama at the age of sixteen and graduated four years with a law degree and a Phi Beta Kappa key. While a student at the University of Alabama, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and he founded the Student Government Association and was its first president, the Jasons Senior Mens Honorary, and The Machine. He studied law at the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor, Michigan and he was admitted to the Alabama bar in 1916 and commenced practice in Montgomery and served as the president of the Montgomery Board of Education from 1917 to 1922.
Hill was elected on August 14,1923, as U. S. representative from Alabamas 2nd congressional district to fill the vacancy created by the death of John R. Tyson and he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Military Affairs. On January 10,1938, Hill was appointed to the U. S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Dixie Graves for the term ending January 3,1939. Hill was subsequently elected to the Senate as a Democrat on April 26,1938 and he was reelected in 1944,1950,1956, and 1962. He sponsored the Hill-Harris Act of 1963, providing for assistance in constructing facilities for the mentally retarded, additionally, he was recognized as the most instrumental man in Congress in gaining greatly increased support for medical research at the nations medical schools and other research institution. He sponsored other important legislation, including the [Rural Telephone Act, the Rural Housing Act, the Vocational Education Act, in 1957, he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
However, Hill was as much a national figure as a representative of Alabama, during his long years in the Congress, he would, from time to time, break with his southern colleagues to follow his own conscience. For example, in opposition to most southerners in the Congress, Hill was the Senate Majority Whip from 1941 to 1947. He was Chairman of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee, which handled important legislation on education, hospitals, libraries. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In the 1950s, Hill criticized US President Dwight Eisenhowers attempts to reduce hospital funding under the Hill-Burton Act, Hill strongly supported rural electrification and federally subsidized freight rates. In 1962, Hill sought his last term in office but faced an unusually strong Republican opponent in James D. Martin, like Hill, Martin supported the Tennessee Valley Authority, a New Deal project begun in 1933. Martin noted that the sponsor of the interstate development agency was a Republican US Senator
Claire Conner McCaskill is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves as the senior United States Senator from Missouri. The first woman elected to the U. S. Senate from Missouri in her own right, she defeated Republican incumbent Jim Talent in the 2006 election and she became the states senior U. S. Senator upon the retirement of Kit Bond in 2011 and won a bid for re-election in 2012, before her election to the U. S. Senate, McCaskill served as the State Auditor of Missouri from 1999 to 2007. She previously served as Jackson County Prosecutor from 1993 to 1998 and she ran for Governor of Missouri in the 2004 election, beating Democratic incumbent Bob Holden in the primary election but losing to Republican Matt Blunt in a close general election. A native of Rolla, she graduated from the University of Missouri, in the 115th Congress, McCaskill will serve as ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. McCaskill was born in Rolla, Missouri, McCaskills father, William Young McCaskill, served as a state Insurance Commissioner during the administration of Governor Warren E.
Hearnes. Her mother, Betty Anne, was the first woman elected to the City Council of Columbia, Betty Anne McCaskill lost a race for a seat in the state House of Representatives to Leroy Blunt, the father of U. S. Senator Roy Blunt and grandfather of former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, McCaskill spent her early childhood in the small Missouri town of Houston, moving to Lebanon, and eventually Columbia. McCaskill attended David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, where she was a cheerleader, Pep Club president, member of the club, musical cast member. While attending the University of Missouri, McCaskill joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1978. In the summer of 1974, before graduating from the University of Missouri, McCaskill studied at the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. McCaskill, following her graduation from law school, spent one year as a law clerk on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District, thereafter, McCaskill joined the Jackson County prosecutors office, where she specialized in arson cases.
In 1982, McCaskill was elected to represent the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives, in 1990, McCaskill was elected to the Jackson County Legislature. In February 1991, McCaskill testified for a Missouri Senate bill that would prohibit a man accused of raping his wife from using marriage as a defense and this is simply an issue of fundamental justice. Its embarrassing that we live in a state where its okay to rape your wife, in December 1991, McCaskill announced her intention to run for county prosecutor. At the time of the announcement, the incumbent Democratic Prosecutor Riederer had not announced whether he was going to seek reelection, McCaskill said that crime had run amok during Riederers eleven years as county prosecutor. McCaskill won the Democratic primary, and she went on to win the 1992 general election with 53 percent of the vote, McCaskill was the first woman to serve as prosecutor for Jackson County. She was reelected in 1996 with 71 percent of the vote, in 1998, McCaskill was elected to the position of State Auditor with 50.3 percent of the vote in the general election
Frederick Steiwer was an American politician and lawyer in the state of Oregon. A native of the state, he was county attorney and member of the Oregon State Senate from eastern Oregon. A Republican, he was elected to the United States Senate, twice a candidate for the Republican nomination to the Presidency, he delivered the keynote address during the 1936 Republican National Convention. Born in Oregon on a farm near Jefferson in Marion County, Steiwers parents were John F. Steiwer attended the University of Oregon in Eugene where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1906 before attending the schools law school, located in Portland. In 1908, he was admitted to the Oregon State Bar and began practicing law for the Portland firm Snow & McCamant, in March 1909, he left the firm and moved to eastern Oregon where he formed a partnership with G. W. Phelps in Pendleton. A member of the Masons and a farmer, he joined the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Steiwer started his career in office in 1909 as the deputy district attorney for Umatilla County.
In 1912, he was elected as the attorney for the county. That year he was elected to the senate as a Republican representing Umatilla County. Steiwer only served during the 1917 legislative session, resigning to enlist in the U. S. Army during the First World War and he served from 1917 to 1919 in the Sixty-fifth Field Artillery with rank of first lieutenant. In 1926, Steiwer was elected as a Republican to the U. S. Senate and he won with only 39% of the vote, running against Democrat and judge Bert Haney and Stanfield, running for re-election as an independent. In 1928, he was one of candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination at the National Convention, with fellow Oregonian Herbert Hoover winning the nomination. At the 1936 Republican National Convention he was the speaker and temporary chairman. Steiwer was re-elected in 1932 and served from March 4,1927 until January 31,1938 and he had undergone gall bladder surgery in November 1936. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments and he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and helped oppose President Roosevelts plan to pack the Supreme Court.
Steiwer was an opponent of Roosevelt and The New Deal, in April 1937, he proposed an amendment to the U. S. Constitution to create a primary for selection of the candidates for the U. S. On December 12,1911, he married Frieda Roesch in Pendleton, one daughter, named Elizabeth, had a son who married the daughter of Thomas J. Watson, Jr. of IBM fame
Joseph Isadore Joe Lieberman is an American politician and former United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. Currently an Independent, he closely associated with the Democratic Party. Born in Stamford, Lieberman is a graduate of Yale University and he was elected as a reform Democrat in 1970 to the Connecticut Senate, where he served three terms as Majority Leader. After an unsuccessful bid for the U. S. House of Representatives in 1980, Lieberman defeated moderate Republican Lowell Weicker in 1988 to win election to the U. S. Senate and was re-elected in 1994 and 2000. The U. S. Supreme Court settled the controversy over the Florida vote recount by ruling 5–4 to stop recounting votes. It was the time in history that the Supreme Court has ruled on a case directly related to a presidential election. Lieberman unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election, Lieberman himself was never a member of that party, but instead remained a registered Democrat while he ran.
Lieberman was officially listed in Senate records for the 110th and 111th Congresses as an Independent Democrat and sat as part of the Senate Democratic Caucus, on November 5,2008, Lieberman met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss his future role with the Democratic Party. Ultimately, the Senate Democratic Caucus voted to allow Lieberman to keep chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Lieberman announced that he would continue to caucus with the Democrats. Before the 2016 election, he endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, as Senator he introduced and championed the Dont Ask, Dont Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and legislation that led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Lieberman announced in January 2011 that he would retire from the Senate at the end of his term, Lieberman was born in Stamford, the son of Marcia and Henry Lieberman, who ran a liquor store. His family is Jewish, his grandparents emigrated from Congress Poland. He received a B. A.
in both science and economics from Yale University in 1964 and was the first member of his family to graduate from college. At Yale he was editor of the Yale Daily News and a member of the Elihu Club and his roommate was Richard Sugarman, a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Vermont and advisor to 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Lieberman attended Yale Law School, receiving his law degree in 1967, after graduation from law school, Lieberman worked as a lawyer for the New Haven-based law firm Wiggin & Dana LLP. A spokesperson told The Hartford Courant in 1994 that Lieberman received a deferment from the Vietnam War draft when he was an undergraduate. Upon graduating from law school at age 25, Lieberman qualified for a family deferment because he was married and had one child
United States Department of Homeland Security
Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management. It was created in response to the September 11 attacks, in fiscal year 2017, it was allocated a net discretionary budget of $40.6 billion. With more than 240,000 employees, DHS is the third largest Cabinet department, after the Departments of Defense, Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Other agencies with significant homeland security responsibilities include the Departments of Health and Human Services and its stated goal is to prepare for and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism. On March 1,2003, DHS absorbed the Immigration and Naturalization Service, in doing so, it divided the enforcement and services functions into two separate and new agencies and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services. The investigative divisions and intelligence gathering units of the INS and Customs Service were merged forming Homeland Security Investigations, the border enforcement functions of the INS, including the U. S.
Border Patrol, the U. S. Customs Service, the Federal Protective Service falls under the National Protection and Programs Directorate. The Department of Homeland Security is headed by the Secretary of Homeland Security with the assistance of the Deputy Secretary, the Department contains the components listed below. Agencies, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and examines citizenship, residency, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Law enforcement agency divided into two bureaus, An agency that enforces U. S. It investigates crimes against the U. S. monetary system including the crime of counterfeiting U. S. currency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, agency that oversees the federal governments response to natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires, etc. National Protection and Programs Directorate, risk-reduction, encompassing both physical and virtual threats and their associated human elements, Federal Protective Service, Federal law enforcement and security agency that protects and investigates crimes against U. S. federal buildings, properties and federal government interests.
National Cybersecurity Center In an August 5,2002 speech, President Bush said, to secure freedom in the homeland. Prior to the creation of DHS, American presidents had referred to the U. S. as the nation or the republic, unprecedented was the use, from 2002, of the phrase the homeland by White House spokespeople. In 2011 the Department of Homeland Security phased out the old Homeland Security Advisory System with a two-level National Terrorism Advisory System, the system has two types of advisories and Bulletins. Alerts are issued when there is specific and credible information of a terrorist threat against the United States, Alerts themselves have two levels and Imminent. An Elevated Alert is issued when there is information about an attack. An Imminent Alert is issued when the threat is very specific, many procedures at government facilities are tied in to the alert level, for example a facility may search all entering vehicles when the alert is above a certain level. After resigning, Tom Ridge stated that he did not always agree with the threat level adjustments pushed by other government agencies