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Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas: Oklahoma’s Advocate for Agriculture
Frank Lucas, a fifth generation Oklahoman, is the Republican Representative for the third Congressional district of Oklahoma.
Frank Lucas was born in 1960 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, where his family has both lived as well as farmed for over a century. This has been the inspiration for much of what he’s done in his life. He received his undergraduate degree of Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in 1982.
Rather than continuing his education, two years after graduating he ran a campaign for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives. While Frank Lucas did not win, he ran again in 1986 as well as 1988, where his last campaign won him the position. It was here that he began to create his reputation for fighting on behalf of private property owners as well as taking an active role in the agricultural issues.
Six years later, Frank Lucas ran for a seat in the United State House of Representatives in a special election, where he was elected as the representative for Oklahoma’s third congressional district. This district includes 32 counties and is the largest in the state of Oklahoma. This district is also one of the most agriculturally active areas in the country.
While representing this district in the United States Congress, Frank Lucas has made an active effort to fight for agricultural issues as well as the American farmer. He also serves on the House Committee on Agriculture as the chairman.
This committee oversees the United States Department of Agriculture as well as other programs and agencies run by the USDA. These include programs such as Disaster Assistance, the Conservation Reserve Program, Livestock Compensation, Crop Insurance, and Rural Development. Furthermore, the committee also oversees the actions of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration.
Frank Lucas also serves on the House Committee on Financial Services along with the House Committee on Science and Technology. Specifically, he is a member of the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, the Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee, the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, and the Energy and Environment Subcommittee.
Some of Frank Lucas’s more influential measures have been acting as a conferee on the 2002 as well as 2008 Farm bills, securing increases in bills like the Conservation Reserve program and the Environmental Quality Incentive Programs as well as fighting for provisions for renewable energy in the farm bills.
Frank Lucas has been widely recognized by different agricultural organizations for his support and work in the field. He has received multiple awards from the American Farm Bureau Federation as well as recognition from the National farmers Union and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

The Life of Reverend Jesse Jackson 
Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., more commonly known as Jesse Jackson, is a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. 
Jesse Jackson was born on October 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina. He attended a segregated high school in Greenville. When Jesse Jackson had to decide what to do after graduating from high school, Jackson turned down a contact to play professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox and instead accepted a football scholarship from the University of Illinois, a university that was integrated.
Jesse Jackson later then transferred to North Carolina A&T University where he then started to study under Revered Doctor Samuel Proctor, a scholar-theologian. With his encouragement, Jesse Jackson accepted a Rockefeller Foundation grant to study at the University of Chicago’s Chicago Theological Seminary. He was also soon hired to work on the staff of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From here on, Jesse Jackson began placing all his attention in the Civil Rights Movement and fought for the economic, civil, and human rights for all people. He headed Operation Breadbasket, which aimed to help improve the economic conditions of black communities across the country. He quickly became famous for his advocacy as an African American leader.
In the 1980’s, Jesse Jackson took part in various international activism, such as helping getting an American Pilot released in Syria as well as talking to Saddam Hussein during the Persian Gulf War. He has also travelled to Northern Ireland, Kenya, Belgrade, Venezuela, and other countries to fight for international rights.
Aside from his advocacy in civil rights, Jesse Jackson has been involved in politics as well. He held a presidential campaign in 1984 as a Democratic candidate and became the first African American man to run a presidential campaign. He tried to run again in 1988, again running as a Democratic candidate. While he gained the party nomination, he lost in November’s general election.
Jesse Jackson’s most recent political endeavors included running as a shadow senator for D.C. from 1991 to 1997. He was asked to act as an Ambassador to South Africa, but instead put his efforts in helping his son become a member for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

A Brief Biography of Lindsey Graham: South Carolina’s Senator


Lindsey Graham is a current Republican Senator who represents South Carolina. Graham was born in South Carolina where he graduated from D.W. Daniel High School and then continued to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Because of the death of both his parents, he transferred to the University of South Carolina where he obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Lindsey Graham continued his education and received his juris doctorate from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. After graduation he worked as a military prosecutor overseas until he returned the United States, and started to work as a lawyer in a private practice.
After leaving his practice Lindsey Graham later decided to join the U.S. Air force, where he served for six years, until 1988. He left the Air force but then joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve as well as the South Carolina Air National guard. During the Gulf War he acted as the Judge Advocate in Eastover at McEntire Air National Guard Station. He then received a promotion where he was made a Colonel by the Reserve. He served as a reservist on active duty in Iraq in 2007 as well as in Afghanistan in 2009.
In 1994 Lindsey Graham ran for political office and was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served as the Third Congressional District of South Carolina’s first Republican representative since 1877. He served one term as a representative.
In 2002 he was elected into the Senate, and then reelected in 2008. In the Senate, Lindsey Graham serves on the many of the chamber’s important committees. These include
Appropriations: the committee that oversees expenditures made by the Federal Treasury
Armed Services: the committee responsible and involved in many areas of national defense
Budget: the committee that establishes blueprints for total government spending and revenue
Judiciary: the committee that covers a variety of issues such as the Constitution to intellectual law as well as criminal justice
Lindsey Graham is also considered one of the largest proponents of having a strong national defense and considered a loyal friend and supporter all military personnel.  Lindsey Graham has not only showed strong support for the War on Terror, but he has also often visited many of the Iraq and Afghanistan War zones for different on the ground assessments. 
Lindsey Graham has continued to be a powerful advocate for many foreign issues, but he has also shown the same level of support for reforming entitlements and balancing the federal budget. He has been called a ‘Taxpayer hero’ who places the taxpayer as a higher priority in hopes of reducing the tax burden by a very well-known national conservative organization.

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

The First Female Majority Leader and Speaker: Nancy Pelosi


Nancy Pelosi is most well-known for being the Democratic Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as being the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1940 last the last of six children. She attended and graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame a private Catholic high school and then attended Trinity College where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science. Nancy Pelosi proceeded to intern for Senator Daniel Brewster from Maryland.
During college, Nancy Pelosi had met Paul Pelosi, who she married in 1963. The couple then moved to New York and later to San Francisco, where she started her political career. Nancy Pelosi was elected into the Democratic National Committee in 1976 as a member, which she kept till 1996.
The next year, Nancy Pelosi was elected to be a party chair for Northern California. She was elected to be the Chair of the California Democratic Party from 1981 to 1983. After this, she sat on the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as the finance chair, which she kept from 1985 to 1986.
In 1986 Sala Burton, the Representative of the 5th Congressional district of California, became very ill due to cancer and chose Nancy Pelosi to be her successor. Burton passed away a month into her second term and Nancy Pelosi took office the next week, after defeating both the special and general election candidates.
Nancy Pelosi won the Representative seat again in 1988 and since then has been reelected another 10 times, as the district is made up of a majority of Democrats. In the House of Representatives, she sat on the Committee for Appropriates and Intelligence until being elected as the Minority Leader.
In 2001, Nancy Pelosi was the first woman in the history of the U.S. to be elected to the House Minority Whip. In 2002, she replaced Dick Gephardt, the at the time Minority leader, to become the first female Minority Leader of in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nancy Pelosi was then chosen in a unanimous decision by the members in the Democratic Party to be the next Democratic candidate for the Speaker of the House in November 2006. In the beginning of the next year, she was elected to be the Speaker of the House, making her the first woman to do so. 
Some of Nancy Pelosi’s significant opinions include:
Making a commitment to the education system by funding special education, strengthening schools and modernizing classrooms
Supporting President Obama’s health care bill
Protecting the environment and fighting climate change by investing in clean renewable energy, regulating oil speculators, and reducing transit fares
Allowing women to make private medical choices about and providing reproductive health care
Fighting against discrimination in work environments and having the laws reflect justice and equality

Former PA State Senator Mellow Receives Sentence

Former PA State Senator Mellow Receives Sentence


On November 30, 2012, the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania reported that former Pennsylvania State Senator Robert Mellow received 16 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $40,000 while being ordered to pay $79,806.17 in restitution.


Mellow was charged in March 2012 to trying to defraud the Pennsylvania Senate and filing a false federal income tax return.  He pleaded guilty.  


During the crimes, Mellow was a Senate Democratic Leader and a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Senate Democratic Committee and Caucus.  He was also in charge of several Senate Democratic administrative offices that provided computer services, communications, and research.  


From 2006 to 2010, Mellow conspired with others to misuse staff and resources of the Senate for fund-raising and campaign reasons.  Mellow personally allowed false job classification and reclassification forms to be submitted for senate staff members to the chief clerk of the senate.  


Mellow was able to misuse staff and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from an organization called the Friends of Bob Mellow and the Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee.  The funds were ultimately used to support candidates and causes in Pennsylvania.  


Mellow also filed a false federal income tax return in 2008.  Mellow and others did not report income that was connected with the sale of a Peckville property where the district office for Mellow was located.  


U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith stated: “This was a terrible example and a sad betrayal of the people of northeastern Pennsylvania who he represented and the people of the state.  The prosecution and the sentence that was imposed today by Judge Slomsky hopefully demonstrate that no one, including lawmakers, can be above the law.”  


The case was investigated by the FBI and the IRS’s Criminal Investigations Division.  


Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation