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Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
Former Governor (R) of the State of Maryland
Position:
Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“I don’t think you reward the franchise to those who commit the most horrific crimes. Full restoration of every right is inappropriate.”

“Ehrlich to Veto Bill on Felons,” Washington Times , Feb. 15, 2006

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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting 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 felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor, State of Maryland (Republican), 2003-2007
  • Deputy Minority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-2003
  • U.S. House of Representatives, R-Maryland, 2nd District, 1995-2003
  • Maryland House of Delegates, 1987-1995
Education:
  • JD, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1982
  • BA, Princeton University, 1979
Other:
  • Portrayed a Maryland state trooper in an episode of the HBO drama The Wire, broadcast Dec. 3, 2006
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?
  2. Should Felons out of Prison but on Parole or Probation Regain Their Ability to Vote?