Dan Glickman

Daniel Robert Glickman (born November 24, 1944) is an American politician, lawyer, lobbyist, and nonprofit leader. He served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, prior to which he represented Kansas's 4th congressional district as a Democrat in Congress for 18 years.[1]

Following his departure from public office, Glickman led Harvard University's School of Government and Institute of Politics.[1]

He was Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from 2004–2010.[2]

He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues. He also co-chairs BPC's Democracy Project[3] and co-leads the center's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange,[4] MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger[5] and the board of Friends of the World Food Program.[6] He also serves on the Council on American Politics at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.[7]

Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman, 26th Secretary of Agriculture, January 1995 - 2001. - Flickr - USDAgov
Chairman and Chief Executive of the Motion Picture Association of America
In office
Preceded byJack Valenti
Succeeded byChris Dodd
26th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
March 30, 1995 – January 19, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMike Espy
Succeeded byAnn Veneman
Chair of the House Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byDave McCurdy
Succeeded byLarry Combest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byGarner E. Shriver
Succeeded byTodd Tiahrt
Personal details
Daniel Robert Glickman

November 24, 1944 (age 74)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Rhoda Yura (m. 1966)
Children2, including Jonathan
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA)
George Washington University (JD)

Early life

Glickman was born in Wichita, Kansas on November 24, 1944,[1] the son of Gladys A. (née Kopelman) and Milton Glickman.[8] His family was Jewish. The Glickman family operated Glickman Inc., a full-service scrap metal operation, since 1915 and Kansas Metal, an automobile and appliance shredder, since 1994. Glickman Inc. was founded by Jacob Glickman and later continued and expanded by Milton and Bill Glickman. With the death of Milton Glickman, Dan's father, in December 1999, Dan and his siblings Norman and Sharon Glickman carried on the family business until it was sold in 2002.

Glickman graduated from Wichita Southeast High School in 1962.[1] He graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in History in 1966,[1] where he was a classmate with one of Al Gore's Chiefs of Staff, Charles Burson,[9][8] and received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1969.[1][8] He is married to Rhoda Joyce Yura, with whom he has two children: Jonathan Glickman and Amy Glickman.[8][10]

Legal career

In 1969 and 1970, Glickman worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, then was a partner in a law firm, Sargent, Klenda and Glickman.[11][10]

Political career

Wichita Public Schools

Glickman's first foray into public office was as a publicly elected member of the Wichita School Board, which oversees the Wichita Public Schools (USD-259), one of the nation's largest school districts. Between 1973 and 1976 he served as President of the Wichita School Board.[1][11][10]

U. S. House of Representatives

Glickman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Kansas's 4th congressional district in 1976, serving from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 1995, through eight successive re-elections.[1]


In 1976, in his first congressional race, Glickman was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat from Kansas's 4th congressional district[1]—defeating eight-term Republican incumbent Garner Shriver. Glickman held the office for nine consecutive terms.[1][10][12]

Issues and committees

Glickman was active in general aviation policy, and co-wrote the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) -- controversial landmark legislation providing product liability protection for small airplane manufacturers (his district has produced most of America's light aircraft).[12][10][13][14][15]

During his congressional tenure, Glickman was also active in agriculture issues (his district's other major industry), and served on the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chair of the subcommittee overseeing federal farm policy. He served as principal author of the 1990 Farm Bill and other legislation. While there, he lobbied for the position of Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton, losing initially, but winning the post after his tenth-race election ouster from Congress.[8][12][10][16]

In 1986, Glickman was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1986 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Harry E. Claiborne, judge of the United States District Court for Nevada.[1]

In 1993, he was appointed chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the One Hundred Third Congress, serving one term before his 1994 defeat.[1]

In October 1993, Glickman, representing a district whose second-largest industry was agriculture (particularly wheat production), voted for protectionism over free trade, restricting the importation of Canadian wheat.[17]

On "media freedom" versus "family values" one analyst reported that Glickman, in June 1993, voted to require that television shows have explicit viewer advisories.[17] Glickman would later lead the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which develops such ratings for motion pictures.

In his final term, Glickman was Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He held open hearings to bring the intelligence community's post–Cold War activities to light and began a committee investigation into the Aldrich Ames espionage case. Colleagues from both parties lauded his quiet, non-grandstanding, "careful and considered" leadership of the Committee.[12][8][10]

On abortion, Glickman straddled the fence, generally accommodating abortion, but voting for the Hyde Amendment that restricted federal funding of abortion.[12] In 1993, while on the House Judiciary Committee, he was absent from a key vote on removing most state abortion restrictions, and said later that he was unsure how he would have voted.[18]


In the Republican-landslide 1994 congressional elections, known as the Republican Revolution, Glickman—in his bid for re-election to a 10th term—was unexpectedly defeated by Goddard, Kansas Republican Todd Tiahrt.[8][19][12][20][21]

Glickman later blamed his surprise defeat largely on his own pro-choice positions, which he said opponents used as an "organizing tool" to rally opposition against him from voters who were otherwise politically inactive.[19][12][20] In a detailed review of Tiahrt's victory, the Chicago Tribune reported that Glickman's unexpected defeat was largely the product of Tiahrt's recruitment of 1,800 volunteers from churches and anti-abortion groups in their congressional district (which had become the center of the national anti-abortion movement[22][23][24][25][26][27]), and from gun-rights organizations.[12]

Another casualty of the 1994 Republican congressional sweep was Glickman's wife, Rhoda, who, for 13 years, had led the Congressional Arts Caucus—one of 28 caucuses soon to be defunded by the incoming Republican Congress.[8]

Post-Glickman era

As of 2017, no other Democrat has won election to the congressional seat lost by Glickman,[21][28]

The court-ordered redistricting in 2012 shifted the Fourth District sharply westward, reaching into more conservative[29] Western Kansas.[30][31]

Secretary of Agriculture

Following his congressional defeat, Glickman was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the Secretary of Agriculture, where he served from 1995 to 2001.[1][11]

Glickman had sought the post previously but initially lost his bid to Mississippi Congressman Mike Espy. Glickman's 1994 appointment to the post followed Espy's departure under ethics concerns.[8] Glickman's Senate confirmation was supported by a powerful Republican, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, from Glickman's home state of Kansas.

During Glickman's tenure, he participated in implementation of the Department's controversial HACCP Program to control food safety at U.S. food-processing facilities, some of which was subsequently overturned in the federal court Supreme Beef case.[32]

During President Clinton's February 4, 1997 State of the Union address to Congress, Glickman was the "Designated Survivor".[33][34]

When Clinton's term ended, Glickman's career in government ended, but was followed by numerous leadership roles in related institutions and organizations.[12]

Post-government career

Following his departure from public office, Glickman held a variety of roles in civic-oriented nonprofits.[10] He is a common media interviewee.[35][36][37][38][32]

Harvard University

After Clinton's term ended, Glickman became the head of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and later director of Harvard's Institute of Politics.[1][16][12][19]

Aspen Institute

Glickman became Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program, a nongovernmental, nonpartisan discussion fellowship for public leaders.[10]

George Washington University

Glickman is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he teaches.[10]

University of Southern California

Glickman is a senior fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.[10]

Council on Foreign Relations

Glickman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, America's pre-eminent foreign policy "think tank," led by several former U.S. Secretaries of State and other top former national security leaders.[10]

CIA Advisor

During President Barack Obama's administration, Glickman served on the External Advisory Board to CIA Director Leon Panetta.[10] (Glickman, while in Congress, had chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.)[1]

Center for U.S. Global Engagement

Glickman is Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, at the Center for U.S. Global Engagement.[10]

Food and Agriculture

Glickman's political experience in agriculture led to several post-political roles, including:[10]

  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: Glickman serves on the board of directors
  • Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization
  • National 4-H Council, Board of Trustees: The leading national youth agriculture-education program. Glickman favored the expansion of 4-H urban programs[16]
  • Meridian Institute: Glickman co-chairs an initiative of eight foundations, administered by the Meridian Institute, to look at long term implications of food and agricultural policy.
  • Institute of Medicine: Glickman chairs an initiative at the Institute of Medicine on "accelerating progress on childhood obesity."
  • World Food Program-USA: vice-chair
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs: co-chair of its global agricultural development initiative
  • Author of "Farm Futures," in Foreign Affairs (journal) (May/June 2009)

Other roles

  • Communities In Schools, a federation of independent 501(c)(3) organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia that work to address the "dropout epidemic"—one of the largest dropout-prevention organizations in the U.S., and one of the largest promoters of community-based, integrated student-support services. CIS identifies and mobilizes existing community resources, and fosters cooperative partnerships, such as: mentoring, tutoring, health care, summer and after-school programs, family counseling, and service learning.[10][39]
  • William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, a not-for-profit, independent, research and educational institute dedicated to creating, aggregating, and disseminating intellectual capital on business and policy issues in emerging markets. It provides a forum for business leaders and public policy makers to discuss issues affecting the environment in which these companies operate.[10]
  • Advisory Board member for The Michigan in Washington Program at the University of Michigan. The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology). The semester in Washington is rigorous. Students work during the day, attend classes in the evenings, and explore the city on weekends.

Motion picture industry

In 2004, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced that Glickman would replace Jack Valenti as its chief lobbyist.[40] Glickman served as Chairman and CEO of the MPAA from 2004 to 2012.[10][41]

A hallmark of Glickman's MPAA tenure was his "war on movie piracy" (illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures).[16]

In an MPAA press release, May 31, 2006, entitled "Swedish Authorities Sink Pirate Bay", Dan Glickman stated

The actions today taken in Sweden serve as a reminder to pirates all over the world that there are no safe harbours for Internet copyright thieves[42]

In the 2007 documentary Good Copy Bad Copy Glickman was interviewed in connection with the 2006 raid on The Pirate Bay by the Swedish police, conceding that piracy will never be stopped, but stating that they will try to make it as difficult and tedious as possible.[43]

On January 22, 2010, Glickman announced he would step down as head of the MPAA on April 1, 2010.[44]

Glickman remains, however, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known as the "Motion Picture Academy," which dispenses the Motion Picture Academy Awards ("Oscars").,[10] and the American Film Institute.[16]

See also


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Garner E. Shriver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Todd Tiahrt
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave McCurdy
Chairman of House Intelligence Committee
Succeeded by
Larry Combest
Preceded by
Mike Espy
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Bill Clinton

Succeeded by
Ann M. Veneman
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jack Valenti
President of the MPAA
Succeeded by
Chris Dodd
1997 State of the Union Address

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President Clinton discussed numerous topics in the address, including the environment, the International Space Station, welfare, crime and relations with NATO and China. The president also focused on a "detailed plan to balance the budget by 2002".

The Republican Party response was delivered by Oklahoma congressman J. C. Watts in front of high school students sponsored by the Close Up Foundation.Dan Glickman, the Secretary of Agriculture, served as the designated survivor.The speech was broadcast live on television and radio and lasted 1:04:21 and consisted of 6,774 words.This was the first State of the Union Address carried live on the Internet.

Bipartisan Policy Center

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a Washington, D.C.–based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship. The organization combines the best ideas from both the Republican and Democratic parties to address the nation's key challenges. BPC focuses on a range of issues including health, energy, national security, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, governance, and education.

The organization's roots trace back to 2002, when the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), predecessor to BPC's current Energy Project, was founded. BPC was founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George J. Mitchell. The founding and current president is Jason Grumet.

Dick Nichols

Richard Nichols (born April 29, 1926) was a one-term U.S. Representative from Kansas.

Born in Fort Scott, Kansas, Nichols attended the public schools. He earned his B.S. from Kansas State University in 1951, after serving as an ensign in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1947.

Nichols was informational counsel to the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, served as associate farm director of radio and television stations in Topeka, Kansas, and was agricultural representative of a bank in Hutchinson, Kansas. Since 1969 he has served as president and chairman of the board of Home State Bank, McPherson, Kansas.

He served as a member of the Kansas State Republican Executive Committee, was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention, and was the Republican Party chair for the Fifth Congressional District from 1986 to 1990.

In 1986 Nichols was stabbed by an insane man aboard the Staten Island Ferry while a tourist with his wife in New York City. He fully recovered from his wounds and was visited by Mayor Ed Koch in the hospital. [1] [2]

Nichols was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Second Congress (January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993), representing Kansas's 5th congressional district. He narrowly beat future FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair in the Republican primary. In the reapportionment following the 1990 Census, the size of Kansas' congressional delegation was reduced from 5 to 4, eliminating the 5th district. In 1992, Rep. Nichols ran for the Republican nomination to challenge Dan Glickman in the 4th congressional district, but lost in the primary to state Senator Eric R. Yost, who lost to Glickman in the general election.

Nichols is a resident of McPherson, Kansas.

Garner E. Shriver

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Glickman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Dan Glickman (born 1944), American politician

Dov Glickman, Israeli actor

Harry Glickman (born 1924), founder of the National Basketball Association's Portland Trail Blazers

Irving Glickman (1914–1972), American periodontist

Jonathan Glickman (born 1969), American film producer

Kevon Glickman (born 1960), American music producer and entertainment lawyer

Lawrence B. Glickman (born 1963), American historian

Marty Glickman (1917–2001), American track and field athlete and sports announcer

Mort Glickman (1898–1953), American composer

Stephen H. Glickman, American judge

Stephen Kramer Glickman (born 1979), American actor

Susan Glickman (born 1953), Canadian writer and critic

Sylvia Glickman, composer

Todd Glickman (born 1956), American meteorologist

Will Glickman (1910–1983), American playwright

Good Copy Bad Copy

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A central point of the documentary is the thesis that "creativity itself is on the line" and that a balance needs to be struck, or that there is a conflict between protecting the right of those who own intellectual property and the rights of future generations to create.

Gregory M. Frazier

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Mr. Frazier received a B.A. from Kansas State University in 1975 and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1976.

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Lucky and Flo

Lucky and Flo are a pair of black Labrador retrievers notable for being the first animals trained to detect optical discs by scent. They are sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) as part of an initiative to combat copyright infringement of film DVDs.Although the dogs are sponsored and publicized on the premise that they can detect counterfeit DVDs, they have no ability to distinguish between counterfeit DVDs and any other polycarbonate optical disc. The dogs' abilities were first demonstrated in May 2006 at the FedEx shipping hub at London Stansted Airport, though inspectors found all the discs the dogs detected that day to be legitimate. Another demonstration was held at the MPAA's Washington, D.C. office on September 26, 2006. In March 2007 the two dogs were sent to Malaysia to help sniff out DVDs. After a raid on a bootleg DVD ring in Johor Bahru on March 20, reports said that the dogs were now targeted by the DVD pirates and that a bounty had been put on their heads.In March 2008 the MPAA, along with children's magazine the Weekly Reader, released a curriculum for grades 5 to 7 featuring Lucky and Flo to be distributed to nearly 60,000 classrooms in 20,000 schools across 10 U.S. states and designed to "educate children about the importance of respecting copyrights while presenting it in a fun and exciting way," according to then-MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman. Glickman lavished praise on the canines, saying that the dogs "are some of the greatest employees we have here at the MPAA".

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Todd Tiahrt

William Todd Tiahrt ( TEE-hart; born June 15, 1951) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district from 1995 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district encompasses 11 counties in the south central region of the state, including the city of Wichita. He was succeeded by Republican Mike Pompeo.

Tiahrt ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback. By that time he had earned the highly coveted A+ rating of the National Rifle Association (NRA) for a fourth time. He lost to fellow Republican U.S. Representative Jerry Moran of Hays, Kansas, 50%–45%. After the primary election, Tiahrt endorsed Moran for the general election.Tiahrt twice sought to regain his house seat. In 2014 he ran against Mike Pompeo in the Republican primary but was defeated. Then, in 2017, after Pompeo vacated the seat to become President Donald Trump's CIA director, Tiahrt sought the Republican nomination for the special election to fill it, but came in 3rd, losing to Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes.


TorrentSpy was a popular BitTorrent indexing website. It provided .torrent files, which enabled users to exchange data between one another.

It also provided a forum to comment on them and integrated the user-driven content site ShoutWire into the front page. In August 2007, there were more than 1,000,000 torrents indexed with thousands of new torrents indexed every day.The Motion Picture Association of America filed a lawsuit in February 2006 for TorrentSpy facilitating copyright infringement as many torrents on its site were linking to copyrighted films. In December 2007 the court ruled against TorrentSpy.

On March 24, 2008 facing further fines for not cooperating with the court, TorrentSpy shut itself down.

United States Secretary of Agriculture

The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Secretary of Agriculture is former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Perdue took office on April 25, 2017 after being confirmed by the U.S Senate 87-11. The position carries similar responsibilities to those of agriculture ministers in other governments.

The department includes several organizations. The 297,000 mi2 (770,000 km2) of national forests and grasslands are managed by the United States Forest Service. The safety of food produced and sold in the United States is ensured by the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Food Stamp Program works with the states to provide food to low-income people. Advice for farmers and gardeners is provided by the United States Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

United States congressional delegations from Kansas

These are tables of congressional delegations from Kansas to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.

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