Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA)
Pro to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"Millions of Americans daily and proudly pledge 'one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' Let me be clear: I defer to no one in my defense of the voluntary recitation of the Pledge. I strongly believe the phrase 'under God' and the Pledge itself is an uplifting expression of support of the United States."
Experts JD's (lawyers), US Presidents, federal appellate opinions, US Founding Fathers, Members of Congress, members of state legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the "under God" conflict and/or government and constitutional law, and those with PhD's in government, constitutional law or other relevant fields. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Speaker, United States House of Representatives, Jan. 2007-present
Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives, 2002-2006
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1987-present
House Minority Whip, 2001
State Chair, California Democratic Party, 1981-1983
Chair, Northern California Democratic Party, 1977-1981