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    Chet Winger (D-NC)

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    Luke Recks (R-AZ)

    Luke Recks Republican Senator for Arizona Full Name: Luke Thomas Recks Avatar: John Key Date of Birth: April 2, 1962 (57 in 2019) Place of Birth: Scottsdale, AZ Place of Residence: Fountain Hills, AZ State and Class: Arizona, Class 3 Party: Republican Party  Ideology and Faction: Libertarian Republican/Tea Party  Religion: Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod  Family History: Parents: John Recks and Nancy Recks (nee Thompson) (m. 1959) Wife: Wendy Recks (nee Robertson) (m. 1987) Children: Jacob (b. 1989), Michael (b. 1990), Stacy (b. 1993), and John (b. 1995) Grandchildren: 1 (as of 2019) Educational History: Chaparral High School (1976-1980) University of Chicago; BA in Economics (1980-1984) New York University; PhD in Economics (1992-1996) Occupational History: Legislative Assistant; US Senator Barry Goldwater (1984-1987) Legislative Director; Arizona Governor Evan Mecham (1987-1988) Vice President for Policy; Goldwater Institute (1988-1992) Campaign Chairman; Evan Mecham for Senate (1992) Senior Economic Policy Fellow; Cato Institute (1996-2003) Arizona State Senator; Legislative District 8 (2005-2011) US Congressman; Arizona's 5th Congressional District (2011-2013) US Congressman; Arizona's 6th Congressional District (2013-2015) US Senator; Arizona Class 3 (2017-Present) Detailed Biography: Senator Luke Recks, Republican of Arizona, was born on April 2, 1962 in Scottsdale, Arizona. His father's family had settled in Scottsdale in 1912, the year Arizona acquired statehood. The Recks family ran a number of successful small businesses in Old Town Scottsdale, and also owned a sizeable share in the McDowell Ranch. Luke's father, John Recks, was a real estate developer in the northeast valley, responsible for giving much of Phoenix its distinctive suburban character. John Recks married Wendy Robertson in 1959, and the couple had three children. Luke was the middle child, and he attended Chaparral High School from 1976 to 1980. There, he earned Eagle Scout and played on the high school football team. Meanwhile, John Recks ran (unsuccessfully) for Mayor of Scottsdale, losing to Herb Drinkwater in 1980. Luke, who had developed a passion for politics during his fater's campaign, carried this with him as he pursued a degree in economics from the famous University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, Luke Recks became Chairman of the Illinois College Republicans and was actively involved in research at the edge of politics and economics. Upon graduation, Recks was hired by the famed US Senator Barry Goldwater as a legislative assistant. Serving from 1984 to 1987, at the tail-end of Goldwater's time in office, Recks primarily worked on fiscal conservative issues as well as issues involving the economy. After Goldwater's retirement, Luke Recks returned to Arizona from DC and worked as Legislative Director for the ill-fated Governor Evan Mecham. Recks was fond of Mecham's no-nonsense manner of speaking (something he later compared to President Trump's manner of speaking). Nonetheless, Mecham was impeached and removed from office after a little over a year in office, despite the lack of any criminal wrong-doing. Following this short stint at the state capitol, Recks helped co-found the Goldwater Institute, named after his political mentor and ascribing to a staunch limited-government approach to policy. Recks was the Vice President of Policy until 1992, when he chaired Mecham's independent bid to unseat Senator John McCain in his first term. Recks, like Mecham, was concerned by McCain's drift towards moderation and the Keating Five scandal. Mecham managed to secure 11% of the vote, a large share for an independent candidate, but after the election Recks returned to school: this time pursuing an economics doctorate at NYU under Israel Kirzner. Kirzner, a prominent Austrian economist who had studied under Ludwig von Mises, helped develop Recks' economic philosophy of the importance of the entrepreneur. Recks wrote his doctoral dissertation on Entrepreneurship and the Political Environment, where he strongly advocated for the primacy of the rule of law in establishing norms for economic growth to occur (a largely Hayekian conception of the rule of law). Upon earning his PhD, Recks went on to work as the Senior Economic Policy Fellow at the DC-based Cato Institute, before returning home to Arizona in 2003. There, Recks ran a successful bid to serve as State Senator from District 8, which encompassed Scottsdale and Fountain Hills (the northeast Phoenix metro area). While at the state legislature, Recks was a prominent libertarian conservative voice. He opposed much of Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano's agenda, and urged support for Libertarian nominee Bob Barr in the 2008 presidential election (over John McCain). He was considered a potential challenger to Jan Brewer in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but instead opted to challenge US Congressman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ-5). Edging out Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert in the primary, Recks would go on to win amid the Tea Party wave of 2010. While in Congress, Luke Recks served as a member of the Tea Party Caucus, Liberty Caucus, and Freedom Caucus. He staunchly opposed the Obama administration agenda. His legislative focus has primarily been in economic policy, where he had developed a substantial background in his previous educational and professional posts. In 2014, Recks decided to run in a crowded primary field for the gubernatorial election. He was narrowly edged out by Doug Ducey. Many long-time Arizona political commentators saw this as a rematch of the McCain-Mecham rivalry of the early 1990s, with Recks falling to Ducey's right. Having sought the governor's office, Recks was out of Congress in 2015. He immediately set his sights on the 2016 Senate election, and multi-term incumbent John McCain. Recks, a big name in the Arizona libertarian and Tea Party conservative circles, generated major backing from the grassroots of the Arizona Republican Party. McCain eventually announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2016, allowing Luke Recks to secure the nomination. He would then defeat Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election. Recks was sworn into the Senate in 2017. While in the Senate, he has been a major supporter of economic policy reforms such as deregulation and tax cuts led by the Trump administration. Luke Recks has also been supportive of Trump's foreign policy instincts, including non-interventionism in the Middle East, but has been a critic of the prolonged trade-war tariff policy.
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    William Ferris (R-NV-2)

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    Supreme Court Judges Talk

    My thoughts if I had to rank them, with explanations forthcoming ((Note: This is NOT a shortlist)). Charles Fried - Ralph Winter Jr. - Howell Heflin - The politically-safe choice (and not a bad choice by any means). I just feel we should try hard for our first SCOTUS fight. William Walter Wilkins - Sylvia Bacon - Patrick Higginbotham - Margaret Heckler - Francis Patrick O'Connor - Tempted to strike his name, but he does fall towards the end of this list. Yes, he's pro-life. But that's about it. Andrew Puzder - Far too young and not enough experience to be a credible name. Note: Further explanations to come.
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    Supreme Court Judges Talk

    Ralph K. Winter Jr., 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Pros Reagan appointee to 2nd Circuit in 1981; confirmed by voice vote Clerked for Thurgood Marshall Experience at AEI (and at Brookings) before joining the bench Generally considered a conservative judge, but not pegged as an ideologue Cons Anti-public sector unions Economic focus, rather than social focus Other Lead counsel in Buckley v. Valeo (against campaign finance law) Former long-time Yale law professor Analysis Recks: He's probably the judge I would tap if I was playing myself in the White House in 1990, but he is occasionally at odds with some parts of the Kaine policy agenda.
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    Supreme Court Judges Talk

    Howell Heflin, Attorney General of the United States Pros Prominent conservative, Southern Democrat Former Senator and current Attorney General of the US Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Pro-life; Pro-Second Amendment; Pro-School Prayer Cons May need to fight to replace him as Attorney General Political baggage (?) Older (69 years old) Analysis Recks: Keep him on a short-list, but we need someone younger for your first SCOTUS pick. We have the built-up political capital to score a bigger win - we may not later on (and therefore Heflin would be a good choice later on in your Presidency).
  8. Dale Knight White House Chief of Staff Republican Full Name: Dale Richard Knight Avatar: Mick Mulvaney Date of Birth: November 9, 1938 (52 in 1990) Place of Birth: New York, NY Place of Residence: Washington, DC Party: Republican Party Religion: Episcopalian Family History: Wife: Mary Knight (nee Ernest; m. 1961) Children: Jonathan (b. 1965), Al (b. 1968), and Susana (b. 1969) Educational History:  Harvard; Bachelor of Arts; Economics (1956-1960) Yale; Juris Doctorate (1960-1963)  Occupational History: 1st Lieutenant; US Army JAG Corps (1963-1964) Captain; US Army JAG Corps (1964-197) Major; US Army JAG Corps (1967-1970) Assistant United States Attorney; Eastern District of New York (1970-1973) US Attorney; Eastern District of New York (1973-1977) Counsel; Grumman Corporation (1977-1985) US Assistant Attorney General; Office of Legislative Affairs - Department of Justice (1985-1989) Legal Counsel; Kaine White House (1989) Chief of Staff; Kaine White House (1990-Present) Detailed Biography: Dale Knight is an attorney and the 18th White House Chief of Staff, serving under President Anderson Kaine from early 1990. Born in New York City to a upper-middle class family, Knight attended Harvard and earned a degree in Economics. Knight sought to pursue a degree as an attorney, and went to Yale to earn his juris doctorate. After his graduation, in the early period of the Vietnam War, Knight joined the United States Army JAG Corps. He served in the ranks for seven years, leaving as a Major in 1970. Knight's next step was to serve as Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Knight proved to be an able attorney for the federal government, and became acting US Attorney in 1973, eventually appointed to the position by President Ford in 1974. Being offered an opportunity in the private sector, Knight became counsel at the defense contractor firm Grumman. While in this capacity, Knight was especially active in Republican political circles around New York. Given his extensive experience in the legal profession, Reagan appointed Knight to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. Here, Knight was the point of contact for members of Congress on behalf of the Department of Justice. Knight worked with Congress to pass the Defense of Marriage Act, and here he came into contact with Anderson Kaine. After the 1988 elections, Kaine tapped Dale Knight as the White House legal counsel. In early 1990, President Kaine appointed Knight as the White House Chief of Staff.
  9. Mr. Chairman, I must object to unanimous consent, on the basis of a confusing part of this legislation. First, I must point out that the PES refers to the year 1995 - and ask that this clerical error be corrected. Second, I would ask the sponsor to elucidate what is meant by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. I yield.
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    Mainstreet Tax Bill of 1989

    Mr. Chairman, I object to the unanimous passage of this legislation, and ask for more time to fully consider its economic and fiscal impacts.. I yield.

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