Last updated on: 2/29/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

George Allen, JD Biography

Title:
Former U.S. Senator (R-VA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“[W]hen you want to talk about activist courts, you see, for example, on the 9th Circuit they strike down the Pledge of Allegiance in schools because of the words ‘under God.’ Well, we passed such a law when I was governor of Virginia. It was challenged. The 4th Circuit accurately recognized it’s not establishment of religion. It is a patriotic exercise.”

MSNBC Meet the Press, Oct. 23, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, McGuire Woods, 1998-present
  • U.S. Senator (Republican-Virginia), 2000-2007
  • Thomas Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service, International Foodservice Distributors Association, 2006
  • Chairman’s Award, Northern Virginia Technology Council, 2006
  • Champion of Science, The Science Coalition, 2003
  • Chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee, 2002
  • Thomas Jefferson Scholar, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1998
  • Governor, Virginia, 1994-1998
  • Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1996
  • Representative, US House of Representatives, 1991-1993
  • Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates, 1982-1991
  • Private Law Practice, 1978-1991
  • Republican Nominee, Virginia House of Delegates, 1979
  • Director, Virginia Council on Economic Education
  • Honorary Board Member, Wildlife Foundation of Virginia
Education:
  • JD, University of Virginia Law School, 1977
  • BA, History, University of Virginia, 1974
Other:
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