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Lamar Alexander's Biography

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Full Name:

Lamar Alexander

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Honey; 4 Children: Andrew, Leslee, Kathryn, William

Birth Date:

07/03/1940

Birth Place:

Maryville, TN

Home City:

Nashville, TN

Religion:

Presbyterian

JD, New York University Law School, 1965

BA, Latin American History, Vanderbilt University, 1962

Senator, United States Senate, 2003-2021

Candidate, President of the United States of America, 1996, 2000

Secretary, United States Department of Education, 1991-1993

Governor, State of Tennessee, 1979-1987

Candidate, Governor of Tennessee, 1974

Former Member, Appropriations Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate

Former Chair, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Rules and Administration Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Defense, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, United States Senate

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on National Parks, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Water and Power, United States Senate

Chair, Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus, 2003-2004

Goodman Professor, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Lawyer, Law Firm of Fowler, Roundree and Robertson

Founder, Tennessee's Governor's Schools

Author, "Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book", 1998

Lawyer, Law Firm of Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry and Woolf, 1998

Lawyer, Law Firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell, 1993-1995

President, University of Tennessee, 1988-1991

Chair, Leadership Institute at Belmont University, 1987-1988

Author, "Six Months Off: An American Family's Australian Adventure", 1988

Co-Founder, Corporate Child Care Services, 1987

Special Counsel, Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker, 1977

Commentator, WSM Television, Nashville, 1975-1977

Lawyer/Founding Partner, Law Firm of Dearborn and Ewing, 1970-1976

Director, Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn's Election Campaign, 1970

Executive Assistant to Bryce Harlow, White House Congressional Liaison for President Richard Nixon, 1969-1970

Legislative Assistant, Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker, 1967-1968

Director, Howard Baker's Campaign for United States Senate, 1966

Law Clerk, United States Circuit Court Judge John Minor Wisdom, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans, 1965-1966

Member/Elder, Westminster Presbyterian Church, present

Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Former Chair, President Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors

Member, Sons of the American Revolution

Member, Tennessee Bar Association

Chair, Senate Republican Conference, 2008-2012

President/Co-Director, Empower America, 1994-1995

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, 1994-1995

Chair, Republican Exchange Satellite Network, 1993-1995

President, Common Arms Outdoors, 1985-1987

Chair, National Governors' Association, 1985-1986

Astrological Sign:

Cancer

Awards:

National Collegiate Athletic Association, The Teddy Roosevelt Award.

National League of Cities Distinguished Congressional Award

The American Conservative Union's Best & Brightest 2003 Award

Honorary Membership in Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

United States Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award

Defenders of Freedom's Thomas Jefferson Award

American Chemical Society Public Service Award for 2008

United States Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Enterprise Award

Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) 2005 Legislative Honor Roll

Esteemed Friend of Nurse Practitioners and Their Partners from the AANP

Center for the Study of the Presidency, Congressional Leadership Award

Ocoee Pioneer Award

Guardian of Seniors Rights Award

National Congressional Award

American Shareholders Association's Friend of the Shareholder

Alumni Hall of Distinction

Kodak American Greenways National Award for 2007

Recognition by National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

National Council of Jewish Women, Award of Appreciation

2007 March of Dimes Public Affairs Leadership Award

Americans for Tax Reform Hero of the Taxpayer Award

Friend of the Farm Bureau Award from the American Farm Bureau Association

National Nursing Centers Consortium's Policy Champion Award

Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award

Guardian of Worker Freedom Award

Certificate of Appreciation

Dale E. Kildee Civitas Award

Honor Roll of Legislative Achievement in Economic Development Award

Congressional Leadership Award from the SIA

2004 Small Business Advocate

National History Day Congressional Service Award

Horst G. Denk Legislative Service Award

American Lung Association of Tennessee, Toast of the Town Award

Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) Gold Medallion Award for Excellence

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

Friend of the Shareholder Award

2007 Champion for Charters Award

Champion of Science Award from the Science Coalition,

Park Achievement Award

Guardian of Worker Freedom

Citation of Merit

2007 Congressional Champion

Family Research Council True Blue Award

Hardeman County Community Health Center Award of Appreciation

Volunteer Legacy Coalition Tree of honor

The Education Commission of the States, James B. Conant Award for leadership in Education

National Parks Conservation Association William Penn Mott Jr. Park Leadership Award

Natural Heritage Conservation Award from the Tennessee

The United States Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award

Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) Solar Champion 2005

Maryville City Schools Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award

Honored for support of Head Start and legislation critical to child development

2008 Distinguished Community Health Superhero

Food Marketing Institute's Thomas Jefferson Award

Milken Family Foundation Award

2005 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award

Free Congress Foundation's Krieble Freedom and Democracy Award World Russian Forum

National Recreation and Park Association's 2004 National Congressional Award

The 2005 Hero of the Taxpayer Award

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

GRAMMYs on the HILL

Council of Chief State School Officers Distinguished Service Award

The Southeastern Universities Research Association Distinguished Friend of Science Award

60 Plus's Ben Franklin Award

International Foodservice Distributors Association's 2006 Thomas Jefferson Award

After School Alliance, After School Champion Award

CHP Champion

Americans for Tax Reform, Hero of the Taxpayer Award

Guardian of Small Business

2008 TICUA Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in Education Policy

Golden Gavel Award

National Association of Counties (NACO) Legislator of the Year Award

National Rifle Association A Rating

ABC Champion of the Merit Shop, 108th Congress

2007 George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award

Small Business Champion Award

Franklin Award for Public Service

Americans for Tax Reform's Hero of the Taxpayer Award

Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business

The Engineering Deans Council Appreciation Award

National Association of Community Health Centers

Hero of the Taxpayer

District of Columbia Association of Chartered Public Schools Legislative Champions Awar

Father's Occupation:

Elementary School Principal

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Classical and country piano

Mother's Occupation:

Kindergarten Teacher

Number of Grandchildren:

8

Pets (include names):

Dog (Rufus)

Priority Issues:

Health Care Industry

Publications:

Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book: 311 Rules, Reminders, and Lessons About Running for Office and Making a Difference...(Rutledge Hill Press, 1998 )We Know What To Do: A Political Maverick Talks With America (W. Morrow and Co., 1995) Six Months Off: An American Family's Australian Adventure (Quill/William Morrow, 1988) Steps Along The Way: A Governor's Scrapbook (T. Nelson, 1986)

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