- Arlen Specter represents the state of Pennsylvania in the United States Senate. Throughout the majority of his political career, Senator Arlen Specter was a member of the Republican Party. However, in 2009, be became a registered member of the Democratic Party. He believed that by changing his political party, he would be more likely to be reelected. Senator Specter has been involved in the political world for an extended period of time. Following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Specter was selected to work on the Warren Commission, which was responsible for investigating the incident. He played an important role in the establishment of the theory that indicated the presence of only one bullet, and therefore, only one assassin. He was appointed to be Philadelphia’s District Attorney in 1965 and served in this office for two terms. Though he ran to be the Governor of Pennsylvania, he lost in the primary elections. It was not until 190 that Senator Specter was elected to serve on the United States Senate.
- Since his initial election, Senator Specter has been repeatedly reelected to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate. He currently serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also acts as the Chairman of the Crime and Drugs Subcommittee. Despite an ongoing battle with cancer, Senator Specter continues to be very active in the U.S. Senate. He was a candidate for the Republican nominee in the presidential elections of 2006; however, he withdrew from the rave prior to the primary elections.