John Ashcroft
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John Ashcroft


American politician

Springfield, Missouri
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John Ashcroft

American politician
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MOResidence (state)

John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is an American lawyer, lobbyist, songwriter and former politician who served as the 79th U.S. Attorney General (2001–2005), in the George W. Bush Administration. He later founded The Ashcroft Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.Ashcroft previously served as Attorney General of Missouri (1976–1985), and as the 50th Governor of Missouri (1985–1993), having been elected for two consecutive terms in succession (a historical first for a Republican candidate in the state), and he also served as a U.S. Senator from Missouri (1995–2001). He lost his bid for reelection in 2000 to Mel Carnahan, who died a few days before the election, making Ashcroft the only Senator in U.S. history to lose to a dead person. He 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), has been a member of the Federalist Society, and is a professor at the Regent University School of Law, a conservative Christian institution affiliated with televangelist Pat Robertson. His son, Jay Ashcroft, is also a politician, serving as Secretary of State of Missouri since January 2017.


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University of Chicago Law School
Juris Doctor
University of Chicago
Yale University

Past Positions

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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 Experience

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Baritone Voice
Singing Senators Quartet with Senator Trent Lott, Larry Craig, and James Jeffords
Republican Governors' Association
National Governors' Association
National Chair
Education Commission of the States