Last updated on: 3/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Russ Feingold, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (D-WI)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy. Denying people this basic American right is the kind of discrimination that has no place in our laws, especially in a progressive state like Wisconsin. The time has come to end this discrimination and the politics of divisiveness that has become part of this issue.”

Released statement, available at freedomtomarry.com, Apr. 4, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gay marriage. 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 gay marriage.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-WI), 1993-2011
  • 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:
  • Charles Dick Medal of Merit, National Guard Association of the United States, 2004
  • Golden Triangle Award, National Farmers Union, 2004
  • Polio Eradication Champion award, Rotary International, 2004
  • Champion of Consumer Rights award, 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
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?