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Sen. Rick Santorum Esq., MBA

Self Description

February 2006: "Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. During that time, he has served as a champion for Pennsylvanians either through his accomplishments in the United States Senate or through his leadership position as Republican Conference Chairman, the party's third-ranking leadership position in the Senate. The Senator has been elected to a third term as Republican Conference Chairman by his Republican colleagues. As Conference Chairman, Senator Santorum directs the communications operations of Senate Republicans and is a frequent party spokesman. He is the youngest member of the leadership and the first Pennsylvanian of such a prominent position since Senator Hugh Scott was Republican leader in the 1970s.

Senator Santorum was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania and attended college at Penn State University. It was during his undergraduate career that he became actively involved in the political process as a campaign volunteer for the late Senator John Heinz. Senator Santorum received a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State in 1980 and went on to earn an M.B.A. in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh. Later, he graduated with a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1990, at the age of 32, Senator Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and made his mark in Congress as a champion of government accountability and welfare reform."

Third-Party Descriptions

January 2006: But these cries for help fell on the deaf ears of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), the man designated by Senate GOP leadership to draft a lobbying reform bill. Santorum, in a tough reelection race, ranked fifth out of the 535 members of Congress in receipts from lobbyists and lawyers ($519,000 last year alone).


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - College Park Organization Feb 2, 2006
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization Feb 2, 2006
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization Feb 2, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Organization Feb 2, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Sen. Robert "Bob" Patrick Casey Jr. Person Oct 3, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Nov 30, 2012 Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?

QUOTE: s Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same?...An Australian high court has found Google liable for libelous content tying a man to organized crime. Of course, Google didn’t create the article that made the references, it simply provided a link to it within its search results.

Mar 12, 2012 Limbaugh and One-Way Wantonness (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: When attacking a woman by questioning her sexual mores, there’s a smorgasbord of slurs, and you can take your rancid pick. Help me out here: where are the comparable nouns for men? What’s a male slut? A role model, in some cases. In others, a presidential candidate.

New York Times
Jan 07, 2008 Can You Count on Voting Machines?

QUOTE: n the last three election cycles, touch-screen machines have become one of the most mysterious and divisive elements in modern electoral politics. Introduced after the 2000 hanging-chad debacle, the machines were originally intended to add clarity to election results. But in hundreds of instances, the result has been precisely the opposite: they fail unpredictably, and in extremely strange ways; voters report that their choices “flip” from one candidate to another before their eyes; machines crash or begin to count backward; votes simply vanish.

New York Times
May 02, 2007 Lawful incest may be on its way

QUOTE: If the [Supreme] court meant what it said in Lawrence -- that states are barred from "making . . . private sexual conduct a crime" -- it will not take that long for laws criminalizing incest to go by the board as well. Impossible? That's what they used to say about normalizing homosexuality and legalizing same-sex marriage.

Boston Globe
May 15, 2006 The Return Of Voodoo Economics: Republicans Ignore Their Experts on The Cost of Tax Cuts

QUOTE: When top Republicans go around claiming that tax cuts pay for themselves, which economic authorities are they relying on? None, is the answer. These people's approach to government is to make economics up.

Washington Post
May 09, 2006 Take Two of These and Call Us Next Year

QUOTE: "These bills address the medical liability and litigation crisis in our country, a crisis that is preventing patients from receiving high-quality health care -- or, in some cases, any care at all," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said yesterday.

Washington Post
May 03, 2006 The Politics of Leaking

QUOTE: There's a principle here, that journalists should have the right to ferret out information they deem to be in the public interest, even if it's against the law for sources to provide that information. But to be equally candid, people--even including journalists--applaud the leaks they like and denounce the leaks they detest.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2006 The Sheltering Storm: Winning asylum has never been so difficult. As more firms take on cases, can their zealous advocacy overcome the obstacles?

QUOTE: Nearly 5,000 children have no representation in the complicated and adversarial U.S. immigration system. These children's needs seemed undeniably compelling, and Sullivan decided to get involved... But the increase of big-firm effort on asylum cases brings up a thorny question: Has their advocacy and dedication raised the bar on what's required to win asylum, making it more difficult for solos, small-firm lawyers, nonprofits, and others without deep pockets to succeed in these cases?

Jan 26, 2006 For Would-Be Lobbying Reformers, Money Habit Is Hard to Kick

QUOTE: While most everybody agreed that Congress was being subverted by lawmakers' reliance on lobbyists for campaign cash, the proposals getting the most serious consideration yesterday were relatively minor: whether to ban lobbyist-paid lunches or a few million dollars' worth of privately funded congressional trips.

Washington Post
Oct 31, 2005 Greetings from Idiot America

QUOTE: The rise of Idiot America is essentially a war on expertise. It's not so much antimodernism or the distrust of intellectual elites that Richard Hofstadter deftly teased out of the national DNA forty years ago. Both of those things are part of it. However, the rise of Idiot America today represents -- for profit mainly, but also, and more cynically, for political advantage and in the pursuit of power -- the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they're talking about. In the new media age, everybody is a historian, or a preacher, or a scientist, or a sage. And if everyone is an expert, then nobody is, and the worst thing you can be in a society where everybody is an expert is, well, an actual expert.

Jun 13, 2005 Take God to Work Day: Why the law shouldn't bend over backward for religious employees

QUOTE: "Last month, the Supreme Court upheld a 2000 federal law that requires prisons to make exceptions to rules that conflict with the religious practices of inmates."

May 05, 2005 Teachers, Scientists Vow to Fight Challenge to Evolution: Creationists Seek Curriculum Change; Kan. Education Hearings Open Today

QUOTE: Alarmed by proposals to change how evolution is taught, scientists and teachers are mobilizing to fight back, asserting that educational standards are being threatened...

Washington Post
Mar 17, 2003 As Abortion Battle Escalates, Both Sides Look to the Supreme Court

QUOTE: ...the Senate passed the ban on the [partial birth] abortion procedure...Supporters of abortion rights say the ban the Senate passed this week is every bit as unconstitutional as the law thrown out by the Supreme Court. Abortion opponents reject that argument.

New York Times
Aug 07, 2002 Ethics Probes Decline On Hill

QUOTE: In contrast to their campaign to crack down on crooked businessmen, lawmakers are increasingly choosing to overlook alleged transgressions by their own colleagues.

Washington Post
Aug 02, 2002 GOP Plan to Limit Lobbyists Targeted

QUOTE: The Senate ethics committee...plans to warn senators today not to use political affiliation as a basis for deciding who gets access to them or their staffs...

Washington Post
Jul 13, 2002 Senate Votes to Curb Insider Lending

QUOTE: The Senate yesterday voted to restrict companies from lending money to their officers and directors, taking aim at the kind of insider borrowing President Bush now condemns but once practiced.

Washington Post