|Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee|
January 3, 1993 –January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||David Boren|
|Succeeded by||Arlen Specter|
| United States Senator |
January 3, 1977 –January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Paul Fannin|
|Succeeded by||Jon Kyl|
Dennis Webster DeConcini
May 8, 1937
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||University of Arizona (BA, LLB)|
|Years of service||1959–1960 (Acting)|
|Rank||Army Judge Advocate General's Corps|
Dennis Webster DeConcini // (born May 8, 1937) is an American lawyer, philanthropist, politician and former Democratic U.S. Senator from Arizona. The son of former Arizona Supreme Court Judge Evo Anton DeConcini, he represented Arizona in the United States Senate from 1977 until 1995. He was the most recent Democrat to be elected to the United States Senate from Arizona until Kyrsten Sinema was elected in 2018.
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Evo Anton DeConcini was Attorney General of Arizona, and a Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court from 1949 to 1953.
DeConcini was born in Tucson, Arizona, the son of Ora (née Webster) and Evo Anton DeConcini.
His father was Judge on the Arizona State Superior Court for 10 years, then served as the Arizona Attorney General for one two-year term from 1948-49 before being appointed to the Arizona State Supreme Court where he served as a Judge for four years from 1949–53. DeConcini received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in 1959, and his LLB from the University of Arizona in 1963. He then worked as a lawyer for the Arizona Governor's staff from 1965-67. Dennis DeConcini rejoined the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy, which he and his father had co-founded in 1968, after leaving the Senate in 1995.
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DeConcini sponsored an amendment (the DeConcini Reservation) to the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 which allows the United States "to take such steps as each [the U.S. or Panama] deems necessary, in accordance with its constitutional processes, including the use of military force in the Republic of Panama, to reopen the Canal or restore the operations of the Canal, as the case may be."
DeConcini was widely noted as a member of the Keating Five in a banking and political contribution ethics investigation during the 1980s which grew out of the U.S. Savings and Loan Crisis. The Senate investigation involved Charles Keating and Lincoln Savings/Continental Homes, the sixth largest employer in the state of Arizona at the time. The Senate Ethics Committee looked into the actions of five United States Senators in relation to their actions connected with Charles Keating and concluded that Senators DeConcini, McCain, Glenn and Riegle "broke no laws or Senate ethics rules, but were aggressive in their actions on behalf of Charles Keating." DeConcini did not run for a fourth term.
In the 101st Congress, DeConcini served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government. He also served on the Subcommittees on Defense, Energy and Water Development and Foreign Operations, and on the Senate Judiciary Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks. He served on the Subcommittees on Antitrust, Monopolies and Business Rights, the Constitution and the Courts.
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In 2006, he and former Del E. Webb Construction Company President Anne Mariucci were selected by Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano to sit on the Arizona Board of Regents.
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DeConcini served on the board of directors of the Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic) from 2008 to 2014.Starting in 2010, some individuals protested his membership on the board, saying his involvement is "not suitable for a public figure like DeConcini." Although he claims he has not lobbied for harsher immigration laws and sentencing practices, he admits meetings with the Arizona Department of Corrections Director Chuck Ryan and "publicly speaking in favor of" for-profit prisons.
It was alleged that, in 1979, DeConcini had insider knowledge about the proposed route of the Central Arizona Project and that he used this knowledge to purchase land that he resold six years later to the federal government for a gain of almost $1,000,000.
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|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Arizona |
1976, 1982, 1988
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Arizona |
Served alongside: Barry Goldwater, John McCain
| Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission |
| Chair of the Joint Helsinki Commission |
| Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee |
|95th||Senate: B. Goldwater | D. DeConcini||House: J. J. Rhodes | M. Udall | E. Rudd | B. Stump|
|96th||Senate: B. Goldwater | D. DeConcini||House: J. J. Rhodes | M. Udall | E. Rudd | B. Stump|
|97th||Senate: B. Goldwater | D. DeConcini||House: J. J. Rhodes | M. Udall | E. Rudd | B. Stump|
|98th||Senate: B. Goldwater | D. DeConcini||House: M. Udall | E. Rudd | B. Stump | J. McCain | J. McNulty|
|99th||Senate: B. Goldwater | D. DeConcini||House: M. Udall | E. Rudd | B. Stump | J. McCain | J. Kolbe|
|100th||Senate: D. DeConcini | J. McCain||House: M. Udall | B. Stump | J. Kolbe | J. Kyl | J. J. Rhodes III|
|101st||Senate: D. DeConcini | J. McCain||House: M. Udall | B. Stump | J. Kolbe | J. Kyl | J. J. Rhodes III|
|102nd||Senate: D. DeConcini | J. McCain||House: B. Stump | J. Kolbe | J. Kyl | J. J. Rhodes III | E. Pastor|
|103rd||Senate: D. DeConcini | J. McCain||House: B. Stump | J. Kolbe | J. Kyl | E. Pastor | S. Coppersmith | K. English|