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Arlen Specter Quotes About Life, Success, Kind, Change, Government, Politics & Inspirational! From 1981 to 2011, Arlen Specter served as a United States Senator from Pennsylvania as a lawyer, author, and politician. His first political party was the Democratic Party, followed by the Republican Party from 1965 to 2009, while he switched back to the Democratic Party. His 30 years of service as a senator, beginning in 1980, make him the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania.

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On February 12, 1930, Specter was born to Russian/Ukrainian Jewish parents in Wichita, Kansas. Arlen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and served in the Korean War. As soon as Specter graduated from Yale Law School, he began working with Marvin Katz, who eventually became a federal judge. As an assistant lawyer for the Warren Commission, Specter contributed to formulating the “single-bullet theory” of JFK’s death. His tenure as District Attorney of Philadelphia began in 1965 and ended in 1973.

Through his 30-year Senate career, Specter established himself as a political center-left figure. From 2005 to 2007, he was Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to Time magazine, he was named one of the top ten senators in America in 2006.

After losing the Democratic primary in 2010, Specter lost to former Vice Admiral Joe Sestak, who did lose the general election to Republican Pat Toomey. On January 3, 2011, Toomey took over as Specter’s successor. While undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he continued his Senate work. On October 14, 2012, he passed away due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Best Arlen Specter Quotes

  1. You are never too far ahead to lose and never too far behind to win.” -Arlen Specter

2. “If you can get people to laugh, you can get people to listen.”-Arlen Specter

3. “I’m ordinarily pretty correct in what I say.”-Arlen Specter

4. “I don’t like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini.”-Arlen Specter

5. “Never let your face show how hard your ass is getting kicked.”-Arlen Specter

6. “It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote.”-Arlen Specter

7. “It’s a rarity when someone takes a political risk in Washington today in the public interest.”-Arlen Specter

8. “There is no higher value in our society than integrity.”-Arlen Specter

9. “The higher the monkey climbs the flagpole, the more his rear end is showing.”-Arlen Specter

10. “It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.”-Arlen Specter

11. “it’s great to be an American.”-Arlen Specter

12. “I used to say that squash was the most important thing I do every day. Now I say that squash is the only important thing i do every day.”-Arlen Specter

13. “Look, the president can discharge all 93 U.S. attorneys for no reason at all, but not for a bad reason.”-Arlen Specter

14. “The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.”-Arlen Specter

15. “My mother, Lillie Specter, was an angel and totally uninterested in politics.”-Arlen Specter

16. “If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I’ve said I would be proud to be responsible for it.”-Arlen Specter

17. “My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I’ve never lost a match.”-Arlen Specter

18. “It’s inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.”-Arlen Specter

19. “Big money is ruining the political system.”-Arlen Specter

20. “I am very much opposed to abortion personally. But I don’t think it is the government’s role.”-Arlen Specter

21. “The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.”-Arlen Specter

22. “The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.”-Arlen Specter

23. “We don’t need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and  brotherhood and simple humanity.”-Arlen Specter

24. “Beating the tea party gang is more important than who does the beating.”-Arlen Specter

25. “My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent, regardless of party label.”-Arlen Specter

26. “’Never give in’ was my mindset.”-Arlen Specter

27. “The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation.”-Arlen Specter

28. “The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.”-Arlen Specter

29. “Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy’s statement that sometimes party asks  too much.”-Arlen Specter

30. “Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns.”-Arlen Specter

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