Monday, September 04, 2006

About Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum knows the great privilege it is to represent the citizens of Pennsylvania in the United States Senate. It is a responsibility he does not take lightly, and he is working everyday to maintain the trust and confidence that the voters of Pennsylvania have instilled in him. He visits every Pennsylvania county each year to stay in close touch with his constituents - a pledge he made when he was first elected to the Senate in 1994. He is a strong voice for Pennsylvania, and he believes that you, his constituents, should always know where he stands. He is a steadfast leader, confronting the tough issues facing Pennsylvania and the nation.
Pennsylvania is a large state that is diverse demographically, geographically, and economically. Rick Santorum recognizes these diverse needs and has been a voice in the Senate for all of Pennsylvania. Here's a snapshot:
Rick is working to strengthen Social Security so all generations of Americans will benefit from this critical program. He is committed to ensuring that those in retirement or near retirement receive their full benefits. That is why he is fighting to pass the Social Security Guarantee Act.
Because of Rick's leadership, the first clean coal-to-liquid fuel plant in the country will be based in Schuylkill County. This will not only create 1,600 jobs for Pennsylvanians, the facility will greatly increase our nation's energy supply in an environmentally friendly way. Rick continues to find ways to reduce our dependency on foreign sources of oil.
Rick Santorum has been a leader in the fight against poverty by championing programs that empower all citizens to reach their full potential. Rick was the primary architect of the landmark welfare reform bill, which has enabled over seven million Americans to exchange a welfare check for a paycheck.
Pennsylvania is rich in its natural resources, and Rick believes we must achieve the right balance between encouraging development and preserving open space. His Farmland Preservation Program legislation is preserving and protecting thousands of acres of Pennsylvania farmland. This program has become one of the most successful conservation programs in American history.
Rick Santorum believes in a culture of life. He led the charge in the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to ban partial birth abortion, and also worked to pass the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which recognizes the basic rights of all children born alive.
Rick has spent his years in Congress working to reduce the tax burden on working families. He is committed to a tax system that will encourage entrepreneurship, promote home ownership, increase job opportunities for all Americans, and allow Pennsylvanians to keep more of your hard-earned money.
Rick Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32 representing Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District after defeating a seven-term Democrat. In 1992, Rick was expected to lose his reelection because of congressional redistricting that favored his democratic opponent, but he beat the odds and won because of his proven record of accomplishment for his constituents. As a Congressman, he was a strong voice for congressional accountability and welfare reform. He took a leadership role in the "Gang of Seven," which closed the controversial House Bank and exposed the House Post Office scandal.
In 1994, Rick Santorum was elected to the United States Senate when he defeated incumbent Harris Wofford. Rick was then re-elected in 2000 by over 300,000 votes despite then-Vice President Al Gore carrying Pennsylvania. Because of his strong leadership record, Rick was chosen by his Republican colleagues to serve as Conference Chairman in 2000, making him the third ranking Republican in the Senate. This leadership position has enabled Rick to deliver for Pennsylvania. Rick is the youngest member of the leadership and the first Pennsylvanian to hold such a prominent position since Senator Hugh Scott served as Republican leader in the 1970s.
Rick was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania and earned his B.A. in political science from Penn State University in 1980. While an undergraduate he became involved in the political process volunteering for the campaign of the late Senator John Heinz. Rick continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh, earning an MBA in 1981. In 1986, he earned his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Of all his accomplishments, Rick is most proud of his role as a husband and father. Rick and his wife Karen are the parents of six wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, and Patrick. His family and his extended Pennsylvania family inspire him to work tirelessly to ensure that generations to come have a bright future in our Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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