Lamar Alexander


Andrew Lamar Alexander, Jr. is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from Tennessee, having served since 2003.

Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States.

Senator Lamar Alexander On Ending Wasteful Energy Subsidies by The Heritage Foundation


A member of the Republican Party, Alexander previously served as the conference chair of the Republican Party in the US Senate from 2007 to 2012.


Born in Maryville, Tennessee, Alexander is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and New York University School of Law.

Vanderbilt University is a private research university founded in 1873 and located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States.

The New York University School of Law is the law school of New York University.


He worked as a legislative assistant to Senator Howard Baker and as an assistant in the Nixon Administration in the late 1960s.

The presidency of Richard Nixon began on January 20, 1969 at noon Eastern Standard Time, when Richard Nixon was inaugurated as President of the United States, and ended on August 9, 1974, when, in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office, he resigned the presidency.

Howard Henry Baker Jr. was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee and Senate Majority Leader.


He won the Republican nomination for the 1974 Tennessee gubernatorial election but was defeated by Congressman Ray Blanton in the general election.

A governor is, in most cases, a public official with the power to govern the executive branch of a non-sovereign or sub-national level of government, ranking under the head of state.


In 1978, Alexander defeated Knoxville Democrat Jake Butcher for the governorship, serving as the 45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987.

Jacob Franklin "Jake" Butcher is former American banker and politician.


In 1991, he was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to serve as Secretary of Education, from 1991 to 1993.

George Herbert Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.


Alexander ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.


He defeated Democratic Congressman Bob Clement to replace outgoing Senator Fred Thompson in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014.

Fred Dalton Thompson was an American politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, film and television actor, and radio host.

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