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Encyclopedia > John Ensign
John Ensign
Junior Senator, Nevada
Term of office:
2001 – Present
Political party: Republican
Preceded by: Richard H. Bryan
Succeeded by: Incumbent (2013)
Born: March 25, 1958
Roseville, California
Spouse: Darlene Ensign
Religion: Protestant

John Eric Ensign (born March 25, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from Nevada. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was recently re-elected in 2006 midterm elections. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (612x857, 108 KB) http://ensign. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... // The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political organizations in the United States two party system; the Democratic Party is the other. ... Richard Hudson Bryan (born July 16, 1937) was a governor of the U.S. state of Nevada. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roseville is a city in Placer County, California, located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Seal of the U.S. Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...

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Early life, education, and early career

Ensign was born in Roseville, California. His family moved to Nevada when he was a child. His mother remarried Michael S. Ensign, a gaming industry executive who subsequently became chairman of the board of directors of Mandalay Bay,[1] and who adopted John. Roseville is a city in Placer County, California, located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento. ...


Ensign went to UNLV, Oregon State University, and the Colorado State University, becoming a veterinarian in 1985. He then became a successful businessman, opening a 24-hour animal hospital in Las Vegas. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Oregon State University (OSU) is a research and degree-granting four-year public university located in Corvallis, Oregon. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World; Sin City Location of Las Vegas in Nevada Coordinates: County Clark Mayor Oscar B. Goodman(D) Area    - City 131. ...


Political career

House of Representatives

Ensign was elected to the United States House of Representatives in the Republican landslide 1994 Congressional election. He was reelected in 1996. Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... In politics, a landslide victory (or just a landslide) is the victory of a candidate or political party by an overwhelming majority in an election. ... The U.S. House election, 1994 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1994 which occurred in the middle of President Bill Clintons first term. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Election to the U.S. Senate

In 1998, Ensign ran for the Senate but was defeated by the Democratic incumbent, Harry Reid, by 428 votes.[2] Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party, for which he serves as Senate Minority Leader. ...


Ensign won a Senate seat on his second try in 2000, defeating Democratic opponent Ed Bernstein by a 55%-40% margin,[3] to succeed the retiring Democratic incumbent, Richard H. Bryan. This article is about the year 2000. ... Edward M. Bernstein Edward M. Bernstein (Not to be confused with Eduard Bernstein, the 19th Century German socialist politician) is a noted Southern Nevada injury attorney, philanthropist, politician, and TV talk show host. ... Richard Hudson Bryan (born July 16, 1937) was a governor of the U.S. state of Nevada. ...


Political positions and actions

Ensign has become a leading voice against the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court ruling, and has announced plans to introduce a bill that would strongly blunt the effects of the ruling. Holding The governmental taking of property from one private owner to give to another in furtherance of economic development constitutes a permissible public use under the Fifth Amendment. ...


Ensign has been praised by many organizations for his support for fiscal conservatism. In 2003, the American Conservative Union named Ensign along with Senators Chuck Hagel (NE) and Don Nickles (OK) as the most conservative Senator in 2003. Ensign failed to achieve the award in 2004, receiving a 92% score. In 2004 he was named, along with Senator Jon Kyl (AZ), the most taxpayer-friendly senator by the National Taxpayers Union. Ensign also received the highest rating for a senator by the Citizens Against Government Waste, while being named a "Taxpayer's Hero" for his lifetime efforts against government waste. Both Citizens for a Sound Economy, whose chairman is former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and the National Tax Limitation Committee gave Senator Ensign their highest ratings. The American Conservative Union (ACU) is a large conservative political lobbying group in the United States. ... Charles Timothy Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. ... Image:Don Nickles. ... This page is about the current Arizona Senator; for his father, a U.S. Representative from Iowa, see John Kyl; for a U.S. Representative from Mississippi with a similar name, see John Kyle. ... National Taxpayers Union (NTU) is an pro-taxpayers advocacy organization in the United States, founded in 1969 by James Dale Davidson. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is a conservative political group operating in the United States, whose self-described mission is to fight for less government, lower taxes, and less regulation. ... Dick Armey on NBCs Meet the Press. ...


For a short time in March 2006, Ensign blocked the nomination of Vice Admiral Thad Allen to become the next Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Allen was the principal federal official responsible for handling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, replacing FEMA director Mike Brown.[4]. Coast Guard Seal The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... New FEMA seal The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is an agency of the United States government dedicated to swift response in the event of disasters, both natural and man-made. ... Mike Brown can refer to the following people: Michael E. Brown the astronomer. ...


Ensign is a strong supporter of the U.S. effort in Iraq. In May, 2006, speaking before the Nevada Republican Convention, Ensign said ""Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy -- let me tell you, I say this without reservation -- they have hurt our military, they have emboldened the enemy." Ensign also said that the failure of citizens to continue supporting the war was a reflection of an "instant gratification culture" in the U.S.[5] In March at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Pahrump, he had made similar if less-publicized comments, saying "Every time Ted Kennedy gets up and speaks (against the war) he undermines our troops."[6] Nancy Patricia DAlesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. ... == == ! ... An aerial view from March 2005 shows development scattered across the valley floor. ...


Committee assignments

The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nations military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other... The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established in 1974 by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. ... The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is a standing committee of the United States Senate in charge of all senate matters related to the following subjects: Coast Guard Coastal zone management Communications Highway safety Inland waterways, except construction Interstate commerce Marine and ocean navigation, safety, and transportation Marine... The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has jurisdiction over matters relating to health, education, labor, and pensions. ... The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ... The United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs is responsible for dealing with matters related to veterans. ...

2006 re-election campaign

Ensign is running for re-election in 2006. A May 2006 poll showed he had a 49% approval rating, somewhat low for an incumbent going into an election year. The 2006 U.S. Senate election for the state of Nevada will be held November 7, 2006. ...


Ensign will face Democrat Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter, in the November general election. Both he and Carter won over token opposition in the August 15, 2006 primary. The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... John William Jack Carter, (born July 3, 1947), is the eldest child of former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. ... James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr. ...


The most recent Wall Street Journal poll, taken on September 11, 2006, showed Ensign leading Carter 52%-40%, with a margin of error of 4%. [7] The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...

        • United States Senator John Ensign handily beat his opponent Jack Carter on November 7th, 2006 by a 55% to 41% margin.

Personal

Ensign spends his workweek in Washington and his weekends in Las Vegas with his wife, Darlene, and their three children—Trevor, Siena, and Michael. He attends a Foursquare church in northwest Las Vegas.


In April 2003, the Associated Press reported that Ensign was one of six Congressman living in a Capitol Hill townhouse subsidized by The Family, a secretive religious organization.[8] The Family (also known as The Fellowship, The Fellowship Foundation, and The International Foundation) is the name of a U.S. Christian organization based in Arlington, Virginia. ...


On the morning of January 30, 2006, Ensign and an aide were involved in a traffic accident in Las Vegas after their car was struck by an oncoming car on their way to the airport. Both suffered minor injuries.[9] January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ...


References

  1. ^ "Mandalay Details Spending, Share Buyback Program", Gambling Magazine, 2001
  2. ^ Nevada Secretary of State - 1998 US Senate Recount Results
  3. ^ Nevada Secretary of State - 2000 General Election Results
  4. ^ "Sen. Ensign Works to Block Coast Guard Nominee", Associated Press, March 20, 2006
  5. ^ Dennis Myers, "Ensign comes alive: Nevada’s other senator breaks into the headlines", Reno News and Review, May 25, 2006
  6. ^ Gina B. Good, "Grand Old Party kicks off election", Pahrump Valley Times, March 17, 2006
  7. ^ "Battleground State Polls", Wall Street Journal Online, accessed September 22, 2006
  8. ^ Lara Jakes Jordan, "Fellowship finances townhouse where 6 congressmen live", Associated Press, April 20, 2003
  9. ^ (audio), John Ensign discussing his January 2006 traffic accident, American Public Radio

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Preceded by:
James Bilbray
United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Nevada
19951999
Succeeded by:
Shelley Berkley
Preceded by:
Richard Bryan
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Nevada
2001 – present
Served alongside: Harry Reid
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Ensign is expected to face Democrat Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter, in the November general election.
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