John Ashcroft

John Ashcroft REPRepublican

79th United States Attorney General

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John AshcroftREPRepublican 79th United States Attorney General
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John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is an American lawyer, lobbyist, and former politician who served as the United States Attorney General in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2005. He previously held various positions in Missouri politics; as Auditor of Missouri (1973–1975), Attorney General of Missouri (1977–1985), Governor of Missouri (1985–1993), and as a United States Senator representing Missouri (1995–2001). He later founded The Ashcroft Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.As Missouri Governor, he was elected for two consecutive terms (a historical first for a Republican candidate in the state), the only Republican to serve two full consecutive terms as governor to date. He also served one term as a U.S. Senator from Missouri until losing a race for a second term in 2000. Ashcroft had early appointments in Missouri state government and was mentored by John Danforth. He has written several books about politics and ethics. Since 2011 he sits on the board of directors for the private military company Academi (formerly Blackwater) and is a professor at the Regent University School of Law, a conservative Christian institution affiliated with the late televangelist Pat Robertson; he has also been a member of the Federalist Society. His son, Jay Ashcroft, is also a politician, serving as Secretary of State of Missouri since January 2017.

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Education7 - 7 of 5
University of Chicago Law School
Juris Doctor
University of Chicago
Yale University
Branford College
Hillcrest High School
Past Positions1 - 11 of 11
United States Attorney General
2001 - 2005
United States Senate
1994 - 2001
United States Attorney General
State of Missouri
1985 - 1993
Attorney General
State of Missouri
1976 - 1985
Assistant Attorney General
State of Missouri
1975 - 1976
State Auditor
State of Missouri
1973 - 1975
Republican Nominee
United States House of Representatives
Suelthaus and Kaplan
1993 - 2000
Assistant Professor of Business
Southwest Missouri State University
1967 - 1972
Co-Author with Janet Ashcroft
'Law for Business' and 'It's the Law'
Other Experience1 - 4 of 4
Baritone Voice
Singing Senators Quartet with Senator Trent Lott, Larry Craig, and James Jeffords
National Governors' Association
Republican Governors' Association
National Chair
Education Commission of the States