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Larry Pressler's Biography

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Full Name:

Larry Lee Pressler




Wife: Harriet Dent; 1 Child: Laura

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Hartford, SD

Home City:

Humboldt, SD


Roman Catholic

Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University

JD, Law, Harvard Law School, 1971

MA, Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1966

BA, Government, University of South Dakota, 1964

Member, Blackhorse Enhanced Vietnam Inc. University Board of Directors

Candidate, United States Senate, 2014

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, South Dakota, 2002

Senator, United States Senate, 1979-1996

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1975-1979

Board Member, Blackhorse Enhanced Vietnam Incorporated, 2006-present

Founder, Pressler Group, Limited Liability Company, 2002-present

Experience, Attorney

United States Army, Lieutenant, Vietnam, 1966-68

Visiting Faculty, Sciences Po University, Paris, France, 2012

Guest Lecturer, University of Sioux Falls, 2010-Present

Fulbright Professor, University of Bologna, Italy and other European Universities, 2009

Commissioner, U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, 2009

Board Member, Directors of Infosys Technologies, Limited, 2000-2006

Visiting Scholar, United States Military Academy, West Point, 2006

Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State, 1971-1974

Experience, American Association of Rhodes Scholars

Member, American Bar Association

Experience, American Legion

Member, Farmers' Union Board

Member, South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation Board, Present

Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Experience, Vietnam Veterans of America

Member, Member of the Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council for the Campaign to Fix the Debt (Simpson-Bowles Group), 2013

Member, Phi Beta Kappa, 1964


Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960), Overseas Svc Bars (2), and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Unit Citation Badge

Rhodes Scholarship, 1964
Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Favorite Type of Music:


Hobbies or Special Talents:

Painting, jogging

Number of Grandchildren:

4 Grandchildren

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

I am angry, disgusted, heartbroken and just downright mad about the endless fighting of the two parties in Washington D.C. and I am not taking it anymore! I am a candidate for the U.S. Senate as an Independent, determined to break the stranglehold of the insane partisan bickering that is dragging our nation down. I am still the "fix the debt" moderate conservative I was when I served as Republican Senator for three terms; however, I have become convinced that both parties are locked into a lobbyist-controlled spending and taxing cycle, trapped in poisonous partisan fights while nothing is being resolved. As a Vietnam combat veteran, I have come to see most of our conflicts overseas as "a waste of American blood and treasure." We are not the policemen of the world. I would rather spend more of that money here at home on items such as education and tax relief.

I plan to do something about it, but I need your help!

I'm often asked if an Independent can be effective for South Dakota - definitely yes! Senate rules provide for an Independent - South Dakota needs an independent, powerful US Senator to speak for you on state and national matters. We have many problems in Washington, and as an Independent I could work with both sides and the President to gain fair treatment for South Dakota. There is an Independent movement afoot in America and South Dakota -- many people are unhappy with the direction our country is going. There is hope: many authorities say that an increase in the number of independent Senators could change America.

I am seeking to return to the US Senate for just one single six-year term. While most current US Senators spend over half their time raising money for the next re-election. I would not have another election -- I could devote 100% of my time to serving the people of South Dakota and the nation.

However, I need your ideas and your financial assistance. The great problem I have in running as an Independent is raising money, as none of the traditional lobbyists give to Independents, as they will not be able to control me once I get to Washington: I will truly represent South Dakota. You did the great honor of electing me to Congress for 22 years. I hope to continue to serve you as your Independent Senator.

I would be immensely grateful for any support you can provide!
Senator Larry Pressler
US Senate 1979-1997
US House 1975-1979