Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander REPRepublican

American politician

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Lamar AlexanderREPRepublican American politician
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Andrew Lamar Alexander Jr. (born July 3, 1940) is a retired American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 2003 to 2021. A member of the Republican Party, he also was the 45th governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987 and the 5th United States Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993, where he helped the implementation of Education 2000. Born in Maryville, Tennessee, Alexander graduated from Vanderbilt University and the New York University School of Law. After establishing a legal career in Nashville, Tennessee, Alexander ran for Governor of Tennessee in 1974, but was defeated by Democrat Ray Blanton. Alexander ran for governor again in 1978, and this time defeated his Democratic opponent. He won re-election in 1982 and served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 1985 to 1986. Alexander served as the president of the University of Tennessee from 1988 until 1991, when he accepted an appointment as Secretary of Education under President George H. W. Bush. Alexander sought the presidential nomination in the 1996 Republican primaries, but withdrew before the Super Tuesday primaries. He sought the nomination again in the 2000 Republican primaries, but dropped out after a poor showing in the Iowa Straw Poll.

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Campaign Funding

20
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$8,031,431
Total Raised
$8,708,949
Total Spent
$341,646
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$378,100
86%
Leadership PACs$327,215
77%
Health Professionals$292,900
72%
Securities & Investment$275,000
67%
Real Estate$254,700
62%
Insurance$237,350
62%
Lawyers/Law Firms$237,277
50%
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$192,267
47%
Retired$179,540
40%
Oil & Gas$151,986
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Vanderbilt University
Bachelor of Arts
1962
Maryville High School
New York University School of Law
Juris Doctor
1965
Past Positions1 - 21 of 21
Senator
United States Senate
2003 - 2021
Secretary
United States Department of Education
1991 - 1993
Governor
State of Tennessee
1979 - 1987
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
Author
"Six Months Off: An American Family's Australian Adventure"
1988
Chair
Leadership Institute at Belmont University
1987 - 1988
Co-Founder
Corporate Child Care Services
1987
Commentator
WSM Television, Nashville
1975 - 1977
Special Counsel
Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker
1977
Lawyer
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
Founder
Tennessee's Governor's Schools
Goodman Professor
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Lawyer
Law Firm of Fowler, Roundree and Robertson
Other Experience1 - 29 of 29
Member
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Current
Chair
Senate Republican Conference
2008 - 2012
Chair
Republican Exchange Satellite Network
1993 - 1995
President
Empower America
1994 - 1995
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute
1994 - 1995
President
Common Arms Outdoors
1985 - 1987
Chair
National Governors' Association
1985 - 1986
Member
Tennessee Bar Association
Member
Phi Beta Kappa
Former Chair
President Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors
Member
Sons of the American Revolution
Chair
Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus
2003 - 2004
Former Chair
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on National Parks, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Water and Power, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families, United States Senate
Former Member
Rules and Administration Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Appropriations Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Defense, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, United States Senate