Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Current Events Watch- Senators and Representatives


Who are your senators and representative in Congress today? Select one of them and find the answers to these questions: What activities did he or she pursue in high school and college that might have been preparation for the position he or she now holds? Did that person become involved in politics while still in school? A number of sources, including the Congressional Directory and the Internet, will help you find these answers.

20 comments:

  1. He attended public schools in Brooklyn, scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT, and graduated as the valedictorian from James Madison High School in 1967. Schumer competed for Madison High on the It's Academic television quiz show.
    He attended Harvard College, where he became interested in politics and campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in 1968. After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued to Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctor with honors in 1974. Schumer passed the New York State Bar Exam in early 1975 but never practiced law, entering politics instead
    In 1974, Schumer ran for, and was elected to the New York State Assembly, becoming, at age 23, the youngest member of the New York legislature since Theodore Roosevelt. He served three terms, from 1975–1980.He has never lost an election.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Schumer

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  2. Today we have two democratic senators which are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. Some big name Representatives in California are Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, and Jackie Speier. I am going to focus on Barbara Boxer. Well she has graduated from George W. Wilgate High School in 1958, there is not much information about her in her high school years, but she did graduate from Brooklyn College with a bachelors degree in Ecomonics. She did not start getting into politics until after she had finished school and was working as a stockbroker for three years. From there she moved and ran from her first political office in 1972 for a seat in Marin County Board of Supervisors.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer

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  3. Barbara Boxer is a California representative and senator. In high school, she attended Wingate High School in 1958. Wingate High School was a public school in Brooklyn New York. She graduated with good grades to move onto Brooklyn College. Here, she received a degree in economics and then worked as a stockbroker for three years. When she moved to California, she ran for political office in 1972 and lost the election. She then worked as a journalist and then became a member of Congress. In 1976, she was elected to Marin County Board of Supervisors where she served there for six years and was the first woman president. In 1992, she was 1 of 6 woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She is a feminist as well as an environmentalist. She is also a democratic representative. "As a "child of the '50s, " Boxer wrote in her memoir, Strangers in the Senate, she wore cinch belts and layers of crinolines, as well as hoop skirts, to conform to the dictates of fashion. Nonetheless, in high school, she and a friend took on the job of coaching the boys' baseball team, an unconventional choice." Her childhood had much influence on her career decisions because she was born into a middle class family in Brooklyn, New York. At Brooklyn College, she was one of the very few woman to receive a degree in economics and a minor in political science.
    http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-boxer
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer

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  4. Dianne Feinstein is one of California's democratic senators. She was first elected in 1992, and has been re-elected in 1994, 2000, and 2006. Her term will end in January 2013. Dianne Feinstein started out as the Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988. Dianne Feinsein started out working to end housing discrimination in San Francisco in 1961. In 1978 she was then elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. When Mayor Moscone passed away, and Dianne Feinstein, being the president of the Board of Supervisors, she succeeded in running for mayor on December 14, 1978. This was what created her pathway into becoming Senator of California. When running for governor, she lost to a man named Pete Wilson. But on November 3, 1992 she then won the election to become part of the Senate as Senator Pete Wilson resigned to become the governor. Dianne Feinstein has worked in politics for her entire life.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein

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  5. Barbara Levy Boxer is one of two democratic politicians representing the state of California. She was born on November 11, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York and she was raised with a Jewish background. Barbara Boxer attended public schools and graduated from George W. Wingate High School In 1958. She graduated from, "Brooklyn College in 1962 with a degree in economics and then worked as a journalist and a stockbroker." http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Boxer_Barbara.html
    Before joining the Senate she served six years on the Marin County, California Board of Supervisors. She served a term as the first woman president of the board. She then was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served there for 10 years. She has funded many educational programs such as the, "No Child Left Behind Act. Since its passage in 2001, she claims that the bill has been underfunded by billions of dollars. She vows to work towards a goal that assures it will be fully funded going forward, as originally pledged by former President George W. Bush." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer#Education
    She also wanted to help college students by providing more grants. She has also established the Excellence in Education award to recognize teachers, parents, businesses and organizations that are working to make positive changes in education.
    Barbara Boxer's years of experience has helped her become the politician that she is today; to build up to that stature, she was committed in school to major in economics. It was very rare for women to earn a degree in economics in her time. Her background of a middle income family has helped her pass laws to help the middle class. She is a strong believer in helping the educational system because she already knows the difficulties of students. She is like one of the people, she has built up her image as one who cares about the people and their upbringings.

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  6. Barbara Boxer attended George W. Wingate High School, graduating in 1958. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor's in Economics. Studying economics would prove handy for her as a politician, giving her a great understanding of a national economy. She also joined a sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, a social organization. During and after college she worked as a journalist for the Pacific Sun, a newspaper in Marin County. In her young life, Boxer stayed active in what she believed would get her a strong foot hold into politics. However, she did not immeadiatly become interested in politics until she moved to Marin County, and she unsuccessfully ran for the board of supervisors. She ran again in the late 70's and won, beginning her political career.

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  7. California’s senators today are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. Barbara Boxer was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended public schools. She graduated from George W. Wingate High School in 1958. In 1962 she graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in Economics. She first ran for political office in 1972, and her challenger was Peter Arrigoni. In 1982, she was elected into the House of Representatives. She was not involved in politics until after she graduated from Brooklyn College.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer#Early_life_and_family

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  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer

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  9. Barbara Boxer is currently on of the Democratic senators as well as a Californian representative. She graduated from Wingate High School and then she graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in economics. She moved to California and became a journalist until she became a member of congress and gained her experience prior to becoming U.S senate.

    Nancy Pelosi is one of the biggest Californian Representatives as well as Speaker of the House. "Pelosi is the first female Speaker of the House. She is also the first Californian and first Italian-American to hold the post". "Pelosi graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1962".
    "http://www.answers.com/topic/nancy-pelosi"
    "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Pelosi"

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  10. Some of the senators that are in Congress today are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. "Barbara Boxer was one of six women elected to the U.S. senate in 1992. Barbara Boxer entered Brooklyn College in 1958 and became one of the few women who chose to study economics. For her minor she chose political science. After graduating college she was determined to join a stockbroker training program but was turned down because of her gender.
    (http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-boxer)

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  11. One of the senators serving in California today Barbara Boxer. Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 11, 1940. In 1958 graduated from George W. Wingate High School. In 1962 she graduated from Brooklyn College with bachelor degree and while she was in college she was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilion. She worked as a stockbroker.In 1982 she was elected in the House of Representatives.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer)

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  12. Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein is the senior U.S. Senator from California and a member of the Democratic Party. Feinstein attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and was given a Catholic religious education, but also attended Hebrew School and was confirmed in the Jewish faith at the age of thirteen, having said that she has "always considered [herself] Jewish". This resulted in her deep respect for different religions. Feinstein was introduced to politics by an uncle who began taking her to San Francisco Board of Supervisors meetings when she was sixteen. She recalled later that this was the main factor in her decision to pursue a career in public service After graduating from San Francisco's Sacred Heart High School, she attended Stanford University. She studied history and political science and was also active in student government. She received her bachelor's degree in 1955. She wasn't really involved in politics while she was in school but not long after she graduated she began her career in politics. Feinstein worked to end housing discrimination in San Francisco. In 1969m she won election to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and served on the board through 1970s. She had a inspiring quote that said, "ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want". She was a person to fight to make sure peoples ideas were involved in the decisions of many things that they would be effected by. She has been involved in politics almost all her life and this has helped her achieve the role in government today.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein#Early_life
    http://www.findbiography.org/polititians/dianne-feinstein
    http://www.notablebiographies.com/Du-Fi/Feinstein-Dianne.html
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dianne_feinstein.html

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  13. The senators of California today are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. Barbara Boxer attended public schools and graduated from George W. Wingate High School in 1958. In 1962 she graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in political science. She was just an ordinary girl with no signs of becoming a future senator or getting into any other politics when she was young, just a small interest hence the minor in political science. She never participated in any politics while in school. Barbara didn’t get involved in politics until after she moved to California. At first she got involved with some of the current issues going on at the time such as environmental and anti-war activities and after gaining popularity Boxer declared her candidacy for elective office for the first time in 1971.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-boxer

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  14. Barbara Boxer grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a middle class immigrant family. She and her friend in high school coached a boys' baseball team during high school which was an unconventional choice. She was also unconventional in choosing her major in college. She was one of the few women who attended Brooklyn College for a degree in economics. Most women studied Education. This illustrates the beginnings of her feminist and combative ideology. She also knew how to stand up for what she believed in. For example, during her last year in college, her landlord failed to provide promised amenities so she circulated around a petition (http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-boxer).

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  15. Barbara Boxer grew up as a Jewish-American girl in Brooklyn. She attended George W. Wingate Highschool, graduated, and moved on to get a degree in Economics at Brooklyn College. Thats the first notable start for her path to who she became today. In 1992, Barbara Boxer was elected to the US Senate. She was re elected several times, including a few days ago. Her pathway to her career today started with her interest in government and economics.

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  16. One of the senator's that is in the Congress is Barbara Boxer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended public schools, and graduated from George W. Wingate High School in 1958. In 1962 she graduated from Brooklyn College with bachelor degree and while she was in college she was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilion. After graduating college she was determined to join a stockbroker training program but was turned down because of her gender. Finally, In 1992Barbara Boxer was one of six women elected to the U.S. Senate. Representing California as a Democrat, she was part of a larger movement that swept an increased number of women into positions of power within the government.
    (http://www.answers.com/topic/barbara-boxer)
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Boxer

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  17. Dianne Feinstein is currently a US senator for California. She attended all public schools in the area of San Francisco, and graduated high school from the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in 1951. Dianne Feinstein began her interest in politics when they were introduced to her by her uncle, "Feinstein was introduced to politics by an uncle who began taking her to San Francisco Board of Supervisors (city council) meetings when she was sixteen." (http://www.notablebiographies.com/Du-Fi/Feinstein-Dianne.html).
    Mrs. Feinstein was active in student government while attending Stanford University. She has taken a great interest in fighting crime, and police staffing.

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  18. One of our prestigious senators is Dianne Feinstein, who along with Barbara Boxer represents California in Congress. Born a San Francisco native on June 22, 1933, she was daughter to a Jewish physician and a Catholic Russian-American mother. In her youth, Feinstein attended both a Roman Catholic school and a Jewish temple, which shows in her current respects for different types of religions. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School then attending Standford University. Though she studied history in political science in which she recieved her bachelor's degree, and also participated actively in student government, this was not the main reason that she was introduced into politics. When she was in her teens, Feinstein was introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meetings by her uncle. Feinstein is quoted that "she recalled later that this was the main factor in her decision to pursue a career in public service". It seems as though early exposure to this career is what set her upon this path in which she has clearly succeeded into being one of the more finer political figures of our day.

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  19. Senator Sarah Palin's interests during highschool and college seem a little elusive, much like her actual highschool diploma which she has failed to present for the media. Though it is not actually confirmed that she dropped out of highschool, i find it peculior that among all these rumors she has not felt the need to put them to a rest by simply showing everyone the document in question.
    http://www.thepresidentialcandidates.us/where-is-sarah-palins-high-school-diploma/1114/

    despite such rumors and mystery surrounding her highschool years, she has a very extensive college career under her belt, having attended 4 different universities in a matter of six years. such universities include; Hawaii Pacific University, North Idaho College, University of Idaho and Matanuska-Susitna College. she dabbled in various general studies over her six years time, but she graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Journalism.

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/paper-trail/2008/09/05/sarah-palins-extensive-college-career.html

    having experience as a Journalist would make her competent in exposing the true real life situations in our society and then presenting them to the people of this nation in the media. A skill that is beneficial for becoming a successful senator.

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  20. Senator Diane Feinstein was elected into Senate in 1992. When she was sixteen she was brought to city council by her uncle which is why she choose a career in public service. She attended Stanford University where she studied political science and was involved in student government. Currently Diane is a Senator for California with Barbara Boxer.

    www.notablebiographies.com

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