Last updated on: 2/3/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Russ Feingold, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (D-WI)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“I disapproved of the Court of Appeals’ decision in Newdow v. U.S. Congress, the Pledge of Allegiance case. I joined with my Senate colleagues when we unanimously expressed our view that the Pledge is constitutional. The phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge is not, and should not be construed as, government establishment of religion.”

Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee hearing, June 2004

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:
  • US Senator (D-WI), 1992 – 2011
  • Deputy Minority Whip, United States Senate
  • Charles Dick Medal of Merit, National Guard Association of the United States, 2004
  • Golden Triangle Award, National Farmers Union, 2004
  • Polio Eradication Champion, Rotary International, 2004
  • Champion of Consumer Rights, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2004
  • Public Service Award, Friends of Libraries, 2004
  • Taxpayer Hero, Taxpayers for Common Sense Action, 2000-2003
  • Community Health Super Hero Award, National Association of Community Health Center, Inc., 2002
  • William Gorham Rice Civil Libertarian of the Year, Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union, 2001
  • Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Award, University of Illinois, 2000
  • Profile in Courage Award, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, 1999
  • Senator of the Year, National Association of Police Organizations, 1997
  • Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, 1983-1993
  • Attorney, Foley and Lardner, 1979-1985
  • Attorney, LaFollette and Sinykin, 1979-1985
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1979
  • BA, Rhodes Scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1977
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, 1975
Other:
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