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Russ Feingold, JD Biography

Former US Senator (D-WI)
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“I oppose the death penalty because it is inconsistent with basic American principles of justice, liberty, and equality. In January 2007, I introduced the Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act to abolish the federal death penalty. I have introduced similar bills in past Congresses in my continued effort to end state-sponsored executions.”

“Death Penalty,” (accessed Aug.7, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. 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 death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-WI), 1992-2011
  • Former Member, US Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Former Member, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Former Member, US Senate Budget and Intelligence Committee
  • Wisconsin State Senator, 1982-1992
  • Practicing Attorney, 1979-1985
  • JD, Honors, Harvard University Law School, 1979
  • BA, Rhodes Scholar, Final Honours School of Jurisprudence, Oxford University, 1977
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, 1975
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished or Paused Because of the Alleged Possibility of an Innocent Person Being Executed?