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    Elizabeth Sawyer, D-Maryland Birth Name: Elizabeth Madeline Beckenbauer Avatar: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Date of Birth: February 1st, 1970 Place of Birth: Scotland, Maryland Place of Residence: Scotland, Maryland Hometown: Scotland, Maryland Party: Democratic party Ideology: Populist Democrat Religion: Protestant, Calvinist Spoken languages: Spoken English, some Spanish Family history: Lucas Beckenbauer, father, U.S. Navy veteran, owner Beckenbauer Fishing Company, dob.5/17/1942, pob. Scotland, Maryland Madeline Beckenbauer, mother, U.S. Navy veteran, general practitioner, b.12/21/1942, pob. Lexington Park, Maryland Daniel Sawyer, brother, State senator, dob.5/15/1968, pob. Scotland, Maryland Justin Sawyer, brother, retired U.S. Navy serviceman, Trial lawyer, dob.1/20/1972, pob. Scotland, Maryland Andrea Sawyer, sister, U.S. Navy servicewoman, dob.12/23/1974 Leonard “Leo” Sawyer, spouse, U.S. Navy aviator, dob.7/2/1968, m.7/5/1992, pob. Crisfield, Maryland Janet “Jan” Sawyer, filmmaker, internet blogger daughter, dob.4/31/2001, pob. Scotland, Maryland Christopher “Chris” Sawyer, College student, son, dob.2/11/2003, pob. Baltimore, Maryland Bethany “Beth” Sawyer, College student, daughter, dob.2/11/2003, pob, Baltimore, Maryland David Sawyer, son, dob.9/15/2009, pob. Scotland, Maryland Educational history: B.A., History, United States Naval Institute, 1992 B.A., Military Arts and Sciences, United States Naval Institute, 1992 Occupational history: Member of the U.S. Senate from Maryland Since January 3rd, 2007 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 5th District January 3rd, 2003 - January 3rd, 2007 Armed forces history: U.S. Navy Active Service, 1992 - 2002 Reserve Service, 1992 - 2007 Lieutenant Commander 1996 - 2001 Lieutenant, Jr. Grade 1994 - 1996 Ensign 1992 - 1994 Elizabeth Sawyer (née Beckenbauer) (born February 1st, 1970) is an American politician and former U.S. Navy aviator who is serving as the senior United States Senator from Maryland since January 3, 2007. From 2003 to 2006 she held the position of U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district as a member of the Democratic party. She was elected to succeed Paul Sarbanes in 2006, defeating Republican Michael Steele, the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, by a margin of 55% to 43%. She was reelected in 2012 taking 67% of the vote. She became a senior U.S. Senator on January 3rd, 2017, upon Barbara Mikulski's retirement. Sawyer won reelection to a third term in 2018, taking 65% of the vote. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Institute in 1992, performing at the top of her class, she would attain the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1996. She would retire upon the announcement of her pregnancy in early 2001 with the intention to raise a family with her husband, a fellow U.S. Navy pilot. After the September 11th attacks, Sawyer would feel compelled to run for the U.S. House of Representatives after incumbent Steny Hoyer announced his retirement. She would be elected in the 2002 U.S. House of Representatives elections by a large margin. Sawyer would become well-known for her privacy and veterans advocacy and her ambitious education and energy legislative efforts. Well-known as a team player, Sawyer would be recruited to run for the open Maryland Senate seat in 2006. Sawyer would manage a close electoral battle through the Summer months of 2006, however, Sawyer’s lead continued largely due to the growingly unpopular President Bush and other controversies that emerged in the campaign. The young Congresswoman Sawyer would win the 2006 Senate election by a convincing margin, tying her campaign with Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s own Governor campaign. She would make quick friends and would be an early endorser of the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential primary campaign, preferring to endorse Obama over New York Senator Hillary Clinton on the basis of her genuineness. She would quickly become alienated from the Clinton block of the Democratic party. As a Senator, Elizabeth Sawyer would continue her advocacy for privacy and her criticisms of the PATRIOT Act in her early Congressional career and PIPA in 2011 and 2012 as a Senator. After the Citizen’s United v. FEC decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Sawyer would work to overturn the decision to no avail, though campaign finance reform is a continued Congressional goal. However, the Senator would make a name for herself as an expert commentator on foreign policy and foreign affairs, as well as an activist for national security and immigration, supporting the 2013 Immigration bill. Sawyer would gain recognition for being a stringent endorser of Martin O’Malley’s 2016 Presidential campaign, Sawyer stayed neutral throughout the 2016 Democratic primaries, in recognition of her apparent casting out by the Clinton wing of the Democratic party. Since the 2016 Presidential election, she has become a noted critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican party’s inflammatory rhetoric on immigration, foreign policy, and the economy. Senator Sawyer, however, has proven willing to cross the aisle in attempts to work with Congressional Republicans on bills of importance to largely marginalized groups, such as internet content creators, NASA policy, Federal prison abuse issues, and has been a fervent defender of the #MeToo movement that has gained popularity in recent years. Sawyer still resides in her hometown of Scotland, Maryland, though she does make her usual commute using Amtrak as similar to former Vice President Joe Biden. Married to Leo Sawyer, the two have four children of their own, one being a noted internet blogger and animation YouTuber by the name of Jan Sawyer. Senator Sawyer’s noted hobbies include sailing, kayaking, as well as participating in the Congressional Baseball Game, with baseball being a major secondary hobby throughout her life. Maryland’s 5th Congressional district election, 2002 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer 147,777 67.85% Republican Joseph T. Crawford 69,758 32.03% Green Bob S. Auerbach (write-in) 234 0.10% Total votes 217,769 100.00 Democratic hold Maryland’s 5th Congressional district election, 2002 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer (inc.) 204,200 73.12% Republican Brad Jewitt 72,727 26.04% Green Bob S. Auerbach 427 0.15% Constitution Steve Krukar 1,902 0.68% Total votes 279,256 100.00 Democratic hold Maryland Democratic primary results, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer 247,429 31.97% Democratic Benjamin L. Cardin 233,902 30.22% Democratic Kweisi Mfume 233,538 30.17% Democratic Others 58,973 0.76 Total votes 773,842 100 U.S. Senate election in Maryland, 2006 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer 977,777 54.95% Republican Michael S. Steele 787,420 44.25% Green Kevin Zeese 12,899 0.72% Write-ins 1,016 0.05% Total votes 1,779,112 100 Democratic hold Swing U.S. Senate election Maryland, 2012 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer (incumbent) 1,777,696 67.30% Republican Daniel Bongino 700,291 26.33% Independent S. Rob Sobhani 129,933 16.37% Libertarian Dean Ahmad 33,150 1.22% Write-ins Various 121 0.10% Total votes 2,641,191 100.0% Democratic hold U.S. Senate election Maryland, 2018 Party Candidate Votes % Democratic Elizabeth Sawyer (incumbent) 1,400,714 64.87% Republican Tony Campbell 709,017 32.83% Independent Neal Simon 30,984 1.43% Libertarian Arvin Vohra 16,973 0.78% n/a Write-ins 1,359 0.06% Total votes 2,159,047 100.0% Democratic hold
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    Character Name: James SutherlandPolitical Party: RepublicanSeat Held: Illinois Class 3Date of Birth: December 15, 1978 (age 40)Place of Birth: Arlington Heights, ILPlace of Residence: Rockford, ILRace/Ethnicity: Caucasian Gender: MaleReligious Affiliation: CatholicFamily Information: Rachel Sutherland, wife (age 35) David Sutherland, son (age 7) Nicole Sutherland, daughter (age 5)Educational History: University of Illinois BS in Political Science 2000 Northwestern University JD 2003Occupational History: Associate, Hinshaw & Culbertson 2003-2009 Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson 2009-2016 State Senator, 34th Senate District 2011-2017 U.S. Senator Class III seat, 2017-Present (def. Tammy Duckworth)
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    Yes. We have the best people.
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    Weird amounts of links but okay. Approved.
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    Name: Anderson “Andy” Whitman Avatar: Kevin Costner Party: Democratic Seat Held: Illinois Class II Date of Birth: 08/22/1962 Place of Birth: Elgin, IL Place of Residence: Geneva, IL Race: Caucasian Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational Christian Educational: BA in Political Science, Northwestern University (1984) Juris Doctorate, University of Chicago (1987) Occupational: Lawyer, Ellis and Kirkland Law (1987 – 1990) Partner, Ellis and Kirkland Law (1990 – 1997) Candidate, Attorney General of Illinois (lost primary) (1997-1998) Policy Assistant, Al Gore for President (1999-2000) Private Lawyer (2000-2009) Policy Advisor, Governor Pat Quinn (2009-2011) United States Representative, Illinois 14th District (2011 – 2015) Class 2 United States Senator (2015 – Present)
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    Name: Grayson K. Manado Party: Republican Seat Held: Washington Senator Class III Date of Birth: 10/31/1972 Place of Birth: Tacoma, WA Place of Residence: Federal Way, WA Ideology: Moderate Conservative Race: Latino Gender: Male Religious Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Educational: BA in Political Science, BYU (1994-1998) AS in Zoology, Washington State University (1998-2000) Occupational: Student (1994-2000) Federal Way City Councilmember (2002-2009) Mayor of Federal Way (2010-2018) United States Senator for Washington State (2018- Biography Grayson Kahuhu Manado was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 31, 1972 to Latino parents, originally from Paraguay. Manado's family relocated to nearby Federal Way when he was just 2 years old and was raised there. His family are all devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints growing up and so he was raised as a Mormon, and still is a very active member. After graduating from Decatur High School in Federal Way in 1992 with a full academic scholarship, despite opting to go to College early, he decided to go on a 2-year Mission for his Church and served in the Paraguay Asuncion Mission from 1992-1994. Once he came back, he chose to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, he also participated on their Soccer team, earning a Varsity spot as a Goalkeeper. After earning his Bachelors, Manado moved back to Washington State and completed a 2-year Associates Degree in Zoology. At just 30 years old, Manado declared his candidacy to run for City Council in Federal Way, which at the time was a Council-manager form of Government. He ran on issues including lower taxes and affordable housing, and ended up unseating Incumbent Jeanne Burbidge with 58% of the vote, after a successful 7-year tenure as a Council-member, Manado filed to run for Mayor of Federal Way in 2010, when Federal Way voters voted to change the form of Government from Council-Manager to a Mayor-Council form. Manado was the first candidate and after running a close race against former Councilman Skip Preist, he took the win with 52% of the vote. He served a 8-year tenure, equivalent to 2 full terms as Mayor. On Septermber 6, 2017, Kahuhu announced he would not be seeking re-election as Mayor and officially declared his run for Senate. At just the age of 45, Grayson Manado declared that he will be running as a Republican for Incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell's seat, due to the recent success of moderate Republicans throughout the State, he also announced he would be running a moderate campaign focused on lower taxes, better healthcare, better gun safety, and LGBT equality. Every single poll leading up to Election day was tight, but Manado and Cantwell were very close in each poll, making the Washington State Senate Race officially a toss-up race, for the first time ever. On November 6, 2018, Manado won a very tight race against Maria Cantwell, with 51% of the vote, and Washington State elected it's first GOP Senator since Slade Gorton in 2001, he also became the youngest member to win an election in Washington State. He currently resides in Federal Way with his wife and 3 kids. Electoral History Party Candidate Votes % 2002 Federal Way City Council Non-partisan Grayson Manado 35,289 58.3 Non-partisan Jeanne Burbidge 25,200 41.6 2006 Federal Way City Council Non-partisan Grayson Manado 61,876 100 2010 Mayor of Federal Way Party Candidate Votes % Non-partisan Grayson Manado 32,130 51.8 Non-partisan Skip Preist 29,900 48.2 2014 Mayor of Federal Way Non-partisan Grayson Manado 43,561 68.4 Non-partisan Jim Ferrell 20,098 31.6 2018 United States Senate Class III Seat Republican Grayson Manado 2,235,999 50.5 Democratic Maria Cantwell 2,189,100 49.4 2018 Senate Electoral Map
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    Are Dark Secrets going to make a return, or is that retired again?
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    Mark Kirk succeeded by Mark Kirk? Sad!
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    Name: Emerson Lattimer Character Avatar's Name: Thad Cochran Date of Birth: January 23, 1941 (78) Place of Birth: Hoquiam, Washington Residence: Juneau, Alaska Educational Background: BA, University of Alaska Anchorage (1962) Professional Background: Government bureaucrat: 1962-1973 Staffer to Ted Stevens: 1973-1983 Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission public member: 1983-1986 US Senator: 1987-2005; 2011-present (Senate class 3) Visiting fellow at the Cato Institute on energy policy: 2005-2008 Government relations advisor to Walmart, BP, and other organisations, and their associated philanthropic foundations: 2005-2009 Investor, public speaker, GOP adviser, and elections guru: 2005-2009 Born in Hoquiam, Washington, Emerson (then known as Junior) was the second oldest of five children into a working class family. After his father, Emerson Senior, was killed in the Pacific Front, his mother, Caroline Lattimer, married her former brother-in-law, Lenny Lattimer. Lenny was a successful contractor with a middle class life and all the trappings that that brought, and in 1950, moved the family to Alaska to exploit the many business opportunities and vacancies there. As he grew up, Emerson was enamoured with the politics surrounding the state’s creation, and up until his election to the US Senate worked predominantly in public service, bar the occasional summer break job while in school. Upon graduating while majoring in public administration, the still nascent state government, and the highly prominent federal government, offered many different bureaucratic jobs, positions Lattimer cut his teeth on. He was seen as a young whiz kid, able to be moved from position to position. Among the agencies he worked at were the Departments of Fish and Game, Transportation and Public Facilities, and Revenue. He also went into secondment at the Department of Interior for two years. He spent the longest time, five years, at the Department of Natural Resources, where he often got his hands dirty travelling the state and helped reestablish the Oil and Gas Conservation Committee. It was while doing this that he formed a close working relationship with Ted Stevens, the Senator whose work he had long admired, and in 1973, left the state government to work for Senator Stevens. He served as a legislative aide and then as director of constituent services, forming a considerable local profile by both introducing the Senator at many public meetings and for serving as a spokesman for the Senator when he was away. Detecting his talent and that they formed a strong team, in 1980, Stevens convinced Lattimer to run for a State House seat in Anchorage. Lattimer dropped the bid, allowing a near-automatic Democratic pickup due to the failure of the party to appoint a replacement. The stress of campaigning was too much, and Stevens saw a better opportunity for Lattimer to boost his profile by serving as a pointman for a new documentary on the politics behind Alaska’s history. Throughout the rest of the 1980s, Lattimer continued working for Stevens. Expecting Senator Frank Murkowski to retire, Stevens decided to elevate a few of his political allies to fight for the seat. Emerson Lattimer was thus put forward as the public member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. When 1986 rolled about, however, Murkowski decided not to retire. Incredulous at the switch, and having changed his view on electoral politics, Lattimer mounted a primary bid anyway. One rumour has it was that he did so to please his three young children, having married and started a family seven years prior. With Stevens’s loyalties torn, Lattimer was able to win by a .08% margin, and promptly triumphed in the general. His first term was from 1987 to 1993, his second term 1993 to 1999, his third and (initially) final term from 1999 to 2005. His tenure was effective yet attracted little notoriety outside of Alaska, and he sought no major committee chairmanships, no leadership position, no big bills with his name on them, and worked quietly through amendments and appropriations. Back home, though, he was seen as one of the great Alaskans who could bring home the bacon. He admitted that his function as a Senator was to support such greats as Ted Stevens and Don Young in their duties, letting them be the vanguard. He was something of a conservative firebrand when “off the leash”, being vocal in the culture wars, his support for Reagonomics, and his unrelenting Cold Warrior mentality. He was an early supporter of climate change denialism and often used dog whistle rhetoric when campaigning. During his short absence from the Senate, Lattimer made the most out of the revolving door. He emphasised his frequent op ed pieces and insisted he had spent most of the time writing, allegedly having around ten books in development when he was called back into politics, on everything from political philosophy to thriller novels. He also served as a Cato Institute visiting fellow, before splitting with them acrimoniously when, in May 2008, he called for military intervention in Burma to secure aid deliveries after Cyclone Nargis. He spent much of his time drifting between various advisory boards and lobbying gigs, the lecture circuit, and discussion centres about philanthrocapitalism, where he often argued, quite vociferously, for billionaires to use their clout to enforce neoliberal economic policies and boost their profits while at the same time developing. He also helped GOP candidates around the country in building up strong local parties, including in traditionally blue states. These high-paying jobs, combined with a shrewd investment strategy that rode the recession well, made Lattimer a multimillionaire. In 2010, Lattimer was the target of recruitment efforts by Alaska’s establishment Republican wing, his energy and name recognition, plus connections with deep-pocketed DC interests, seen as the best path to hold the seat against an insurgent Tea Party candidate. After much dithering, including divesting from his more controversial business interests, Lattimer did not run, and the primary candidate who the establishment coalesced around was defeated in the primary. That coaxed Lattimer out of retirement, and he started an aggressive write-in campaign to regain his seat. His business interests were passed onto his son, who was also giving his materials to attempt to publish the numerous book ideas Lattimer had formed. The handover was done in a way to minimise tax obligations: when his Republican opponent criticised him for this, Lattimer responded in the debate with “don’t tread on me!” He was also accused of improper campaign spending disclosure, to which his response was “well, I’m sorry I don’t remember all the insider regulations of politics”. By blurring the ideological boundaries, Lattimer prevented his opponent from monopolising the Tea Party base, and successfully appealed to enough crossover Democrats, including Natives, to win with a 3.5% margin. Lattimer has struck a more moderate profile since returning to the Senate, the old era of bipartisan working and heavy earmarking having passed, leaving him somewhat out of place. The increasingly acrimonious tone of politics was enough to shock even a former practitioner of grandstanding and provocation, and he found himself increasingly at odds with first the Tea Party and then the Trump campaign. Loyal and now rather diffident, he avoids public fights, but has moved to the centre, as both his own views mellow and his largely for-show brand of angry conservatism looks quaint compared to the likes of Ted Cruz and the Freedom Caucus.

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