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Armey, a member of the United States Republican Party and former economics professor at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in Denton, Texas, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984.
During his time in Congress, he conceived the independent nonpolitical commission] that became responsible for identifying those military bases to be closed as a cost-cutting measure. Armey, an ally of Newt Gingrich, has been one of Congress's fervent supporters of privatization of Social Security and phasing-out of farm subsidies.
In 1998, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a reporter asked him what he would do if he were in President Bill Clinton's position. He replied "If I were, I would be looking up from a pool of blood and hearing my wife say: 'How do I reload this thing?' " 
Armey announced his retirement in 2002 and did not run for re-election that year. On May 1, 2002, during an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Rep. Armey called on what appeared to many as a call for ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians living in the West Bank. He also got into controversy when he called openly homosexual Congressman Barney Frank, 'Barney Fag', although he said it was a slip of the tongue. But Armey appeared to oppose the Iraq War: on August 8, 2002, he claimed that an "unprovoked" American attack would be illegal. Fellow Texan and Republican Tom DeLay, then House Majority Whip, was elevated to hold Armey's Majority Leader position.
Recently, Armey joined the Washington office of the law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (formerly Piper Rudnick) as a senior policy advisor.  Armey is also the firm's co-chairman of its Homeland Security Task Force. 
- "Bipartisanship is another name for date rape."
- "I've been to Europe once, and I don't need to go again."
- "Yes, I am Dick Armey. And if there is a 'dick army,' Barney Frank would want to join up."
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