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John Ensign

John EnsignAKA John Eric Ensign

Born: 25-Mar-1958
Birthplace: Roseville, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Born-Again Christian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Nevada, 2001-11

John Ensign called on President Bill Clinton to resign over his affair with staffer Monica Lewinsky, stating "he has no credibility left." Later, Ensign made sexual morality an issue in his 1998 campaign against Harry Reid, taking the high ground by accusing Reid of having a "double standard" when it came to the treatment of Oregon Senator Bob Packwood versus that of Clinton[2]. Of course, Packwood's actions were actual incidents of sexual misconduct subject to sanction by Congress, as opposed to Clinton's simple infidelity. But the tables turned on 16 June 2009, when Ensign convened a press conference to admit that he himself had an extramarital affair with a married campaign staffer.[3]

[1] Meadows Fellowship Foursquare Church, Las Vegas, NV.

[2] Tony Batt, "Ensign critical of Reid", Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12 September 1998.

[3] Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza, "Sen. Ensign Acknowledges an Extramarital Affair", The Washington Post, 17 June 2009. Quoted by AP reporters Kevin Freking and Kathleen Hennessey, Ensign's statement: "Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of my marriage... It is the worst thing I have ever done in my life. If there was ever anything in my life that I could take back, this would be it."

Father: Michael S. Ensign (casino mogul, stepfather)
Wife: Darlene Sciarretta (two sons, one daughter)
Son: Trevor
Daughter: Siena
Son: Michael
Mistress: Cynthia Hampton (campaign staffer, together 2007-08)

    High School: E. W. Clark High School, Las Vegas, NV (1976)
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
    University: BS, Oregon State University, Corvalis (1981)
    Medical School: DVM, Colorado State University, Fort Collins (1985)

    US Senator, Nevada (2001-11, resigned)
    US Congressman, Nevada (1995-99)
    Amway distributor
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    Leadership Institute Bi-Partisan Congressional Advisory Board
    National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
    Promise Keepers
    Rotary International Las Vegas Southwest
    Sigma Chi Fraternity
    Bush Pioneer 2004 Ranger
    C Street Group

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