James Jeffords was the Attorney General of Vermont who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and later to the United States Senate. As a congressman, James Jeffords was the only Republican to vote against the Reagan tax cut in 1981. He was a moderate Republican at a time when the Republican party shifted to the far right. In 2001, Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party and announced his new status as an Independent. The Senate at that time was split 50-50, and any tie votes were decided by V.P. Dick Cheney. Jeffords, as an Independent, caucused with the Democrats and wrested total control of the Senate away from the Republicans.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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