Jim Bunning
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Jim Bunning


American baseball player and politician

Southgate, Kentucky
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Jim Bunning

American baseball player and politician
Years of Age
Years of Experience
KYResidence (state)

James Paul David Bunning (October 23, 1931 – May 26, 2017) was an American professional baseball pitcher and politician who represented Kentucky in both chambers of the United States Congress. He is the sole Major League Baseball athlete to have been elected to both the United States Senate and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bunning pitched from 1955 to 1971 for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers. When Bunning retired, he had the second-highest total career strikeouts in Major League history; he currently ranks 18th. As a member of the Phillies, Bunning pitched the seventh perfect game in Major League Baseball history on June 21, 1964, the first game of a Father's Day doubleheader at Shea Stadium, against the New York Mets. The perfect game was the first since 1880 in the National League. Bunning was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996 after election by the Hall's Veterans Committee. After retiring from baseball, Bunning returned to his native northern Kentucky and was elected to the Fort Thomas city council, then the Kentucky Senate, in which he served as minority leader. In 1986, Bunning was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky's 4th congressional district, and served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He was elected to the United States Senate from Kentucky in 1998 and served two terms as the Republican junior U.S. Senator.



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secondary school
Xavier University
Bachelor of Arts

Past Positions

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United States Senate
1998 - 2010
Senator/Minority Floor Leader
Kentucky State Senate
1979 - 1983
Fort Thomas City Council
1977 - 1979
Professional Athlete Representative/Broker
1960 - 1985
Professional Baseball Player
Major League Baseball
1950 - 1971
Jim Bunning Agency Incorporated

Other Experience

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President's National Advisory Board on International Education Programs
1984 - 1988
Advisory Council
Kids Helping Kids
Board of Directors
Kentucky Special Olympics
Brighton Street Center Community Action Group
Fort Thomas Lions Club
Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Kentucky Regional Council of Governments
Ohio Regional Council of Governments
Indiana Regional Council of Governments
Baseball Hall of Fame
Saint Therese Catholic Church
Senate Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Caucus