George Allen One of Four Candidates in Next Week’s Senate GOP Primary

Former senator, governor hopes to recapture his old Senate seat.

With congressional primary elections scheduled next week, Patch is profiling each of the four Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, who will face each other on the ballot June 12.

Former Senator and Gov.  hopes to recapture the Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Democrat Jim Webb, who won the seat by less than 10,000 votes. Allen announced in January last year that he planned to run again. The next month, Webb announced his retirement from the Senate. Allen is running against three fellow Republicans vying for the seat: , and E.W. Jackson. The winner of the primary will face Democrat former Gov. in the general election.

George Felix Allen, 60, began his political career in 1982, shortly after graduating in 1977 from the University of Virginia Law School. He and wife Susan married in 1986 and have three children. The Allens live in Mount Vernon.

Public offices held: U.S. Senate 2000-2006; governor of Virginia 1994-1998; U.S. House of Representatives 1991-1993; House of Delegates 1982-1991.

Key votes cast by George Allen during previous Senate term: 

  • Partial-birth abortion ban - yes
  • Criminal penalties for transportation of minors across state lines to obtain an abortion - yes
  • Allowing path to citizenship for illegal aliens - no
  • Farm bill of 2002 - yes
  • Constitutional amendment against flag burning - yes
  • USA Patriot Act - Yes
  • Hate crimes bill - no
  • Right of habeas corpus for those detained by the U.S. military - no
  • Marriage defined as between a man and a woman - yes
  • 2001 tax cuts - yes 
  • 2003 tax cuts - yes
  • Medicare prescription drug benefit - yes 
  • Patients' bill of rights - no
  • Use of military force against Iraq - yes
  • Withdrawal of troops from Iraq by July 1, 2007 - opposed
  • Most favored nation trade status for China - yes

(Source: Project Vote Smart)

Industries and sectors giving the most campaign money to George Allen during previous congressional terms (House and Senate):

  • Retirees - $2.3 million
  • Lawyers and law firms - $1.5 million
  • Real estate - $1.3 million
  • Securities and investment firms - $1.02 million
  • Leadership political action committees - $867,597
  • Lobbyists - $798,964

(Source: Center for Responsive Politics)

Specific donors giving the most campaign money to George Allen during previous congressional terms (House and Senate):

  • McGuire Woods LLP: $220,439
  • Altria Group: $108,999
  • Club for Growth: $94,815
  • Dominion Resources: $93,500
  • UST Inc.: $87,850
  • Norfolk Southern: $80,775
  • Verizon Communications: $68,250
  • Capital One Financial: $66,150

(Source: Center for Responsive Politics)


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