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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = 2003-Present
 
|Tenure = 2003-Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Term ends = January 3, 2017
 
|Assumed office = 2003
 
|Assumed office = 2003
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
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|Pension =
 
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|Last election =November 4, 2008
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|Last election =November 4, 2014
 
|Appointed =
 
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|Appointed by =
 
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|First elected =November 5, 2002
 
|First elected =November 5, 2002
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election =  [[United_States_Senate_elections_in_Tennessee,_2014| November 4, 2014]]
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|Next primary =
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|Prior office =Secretary, Department of Education
 
|Prior office =Secretary, Department of Education
 
|Prior office years =1991-1993
 
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|Birthday = July 3, 1940
 
|Birthday = July 3, 1940
|Place of birth =Maryville, TN
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|Place of birth =Maryville, Tenn.
 
|Profession =
 
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|Net worth=$12,415,524
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|Net worth=$2,794,024.50
 
|Religion =Presbyterian
 
|Religion =Presbyterian
 
|Office website =http://alexander.senate.gov/
 
|Office website =http://alexander.senate.gov/
|Campaign website =
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|Campaign website = http://www.lamaralexander.com/
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Lamar Alexander''' (b. July 3, 1940) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Tennessee]]. Alexander was first elected to the Senate in 2002.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Lamar Alexander''' (b. July 3, 1940, in Maryville, [[Tennessee|Tenn.]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Tennessee]]. Alexander was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and most recently won re-election to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014.<ref>[http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/FiledPetitions20140403.pdf ''Tennessee.gov'', "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Alexander is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300002 ''Gov Track'' "Lamar Alexander," Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref>
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{{Introanalysis
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|Party=Republican
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|Rating=Average
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|Pronoun=he
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|Fullname=Lamar Alexander
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|Lastname=Alexander
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}}
  
==Career==
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==Biography==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000360 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Lamar Alexander," Accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
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Alexander previously served as the [[Governor of Tennessee]] and as the U.S. Secretary of Education.<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000360 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Lamar Alexander," accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
  
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==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000360 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Lamar Alexander," accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
 
*1962: Received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University
 
*1962: Received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University
 
*1965: Received his J.D. from New York University Law School
 
*1965: Received his J.D. from New York University Law School
*1979-1987: Served as governor of Tennessee
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*1979-1987: Served as [[Governor of Tennessee]]
 
*1985-1986: Held a position as chairman of the National Governors Association
 
*1985-1986: Held a position as chairman of the National Governors Association
*1991-1993: Served as U.S. secretary of education
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*1991-1993: Served as U.S. Secretary of Education
*2003-Present: U.S Senator from Tennessee
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*2003-Present: [[United States Senate|U.S. Senator]] from [[Tennessee]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Alexander serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Alexander served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations]]
 
**Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies  
 
**Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies  
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
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Alexander served on the following Senate committees:
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works|Environment and Public Works]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works|Environment and Public Works]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|Health, Education, Labor and Pensions]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|Health, Education, Labor and Pensions]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Rules and Administration]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Rules and Administration]]
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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[[File:CongressLogo.png|100px|left|link=Portal:Congress]]
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{{113thVotes
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|Lastname=Alexander
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|Passed=22
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|Total=4315
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|Date=August 1, 2013
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|Sen=9272
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|SenTotal=15834
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|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record'', "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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}}
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====National security====
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=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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{{Yea vote}} Alexander voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43133?s=party#.UkRU1D_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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'''Drones filibuster'''<br>
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{{drone filibuster 2013 GOP|Name=Alexander}}
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{Senate Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Alexander}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{Senate Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Alexander}}
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=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
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{{Nay vote}} Alexander voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42338?s=party ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Alexander voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
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{{Yea vote}} Alexander voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45516#.UkRPsD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
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{{Yea vote}} Alexander voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}}
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Alexander voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_070.gif|right|290px|thumb|Alexander's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Alexander is a '''Populist-Leaning Conservative.''' Alexander received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 71 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Alexander|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Lamar_Alexander.htm ''On The Issues'', "Alexander Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Favors
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|School Choice= Favors
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|Animals=Opposes
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|Crime= Favors
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|Guns= Neutral
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations= Opposes
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|Military=Favors
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|Campaign Funds= Opposes
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|Iran=Opposes
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|Energy=Opposes
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|Marijuana=Strongly Favors
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|Stimulus=Strongly Opposes
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}}
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===Call for Sebelius' resignation===
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Alexander, a member of the Senate health committee, took to the Senate floor and Twitter to call for the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services [[Kathleen Sebelius]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/29/sen-lamar-alexander-sebelius-should-resign/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "Sen. Lamar Alexander: Sebelius should resign," accessed October 30, 2013]</ref>
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<center>[[File:Lamar Alexander tweet.JPG]]</center>
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===Senate Conservative Fund target===
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The Senate Conservative Fund targeted Alexander in August 2013 with two weeks of radio ads designed to push Senate Republicans to support [[Mike Lee]]'s effort to defund Obamacare.<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/318217-senate-conservatives-fund-targets-isakson-with-latest-defund-obamacare-ad ''The Hill'', "Senate Conservatives Fund targets Isakson with latest 'defund ObamaCare' ad," August 22, 2013]</ref>
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===FAA cell phone restrictions===
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Alexander issued a statement on November 26, 2013, following the FAA's announcement that they would allow the use of cell phones on some flights. Alexander urged the FAA to allow texting on flights but not conversations. The statement read: "Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts. The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights. Stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies from those who wander around shouting personal details into a microphone: babbling about last night’s love life, bathroom plans, next week’s schedule, orders to an assistant, arguments with spouses. Imagine this noise while you travel, restrained by your seatbelt, unable to escape. The FCC commissioners will earn the gratitude of the two million Americans who fly each day by deciding: text messages, yes; conversations, no."<ref>[http://hoh.rollcall.com/senator-wants-chatty-future-air-travelers-to-get-off-his-lawn/ ''Roll Call'', "Senator wants chatty future air travelers to get off his lawn," accessed November 26, 2013]</ref>
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===Chief of staff investigation===
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In December 2013, Alexander's Chief of Staff Jesse Ryan Loskarn was arrested under allegations of child pornography.  Alexander immediately suspended Loskarn without pay and released the following statement: "I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/ryan-loskarn-investigated-101016.html ''Politico'', "Lamar Alexander top aide investigated for child porn," accessed December 11, 2013]</ref>
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On January 23, 2014, Loskarn was found deceased. The cause of death was ruled a suicide. Prior to his death, an indictment had been delayed until February 10, 2014.<ref>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/loskarn-found-dead-after-apparent-suicide-sheriffs-office-says/ ''Roll Call'', "Loskarn found in basement after suicide, Authorities say (Updated) (Video)," accessed January 24, 2014]</ref> Loskarn's family released a letter he had left behind that explained his actions. He wrote, "I found myself drawn to videos that matched my own childhood abuse. It's painful and humiliating to admit to myself, let alone the whole world, but I pictured myself as a child in the image or video. The more an image mirrored some element of my memories and took me back, the more I felt a connection." Loskarn continued, "it is the truth, not an excuse," for his behavior. He added, "The news coverage of my spectacular fall makes it impossible for me to crawl in a hole and disappear. I've hurt every single human being I've ever known and the details of my shame are preserved on the internet for all time. There is no escape."<ref>[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/28/senate-aide-who-killed-himself-left-final-message/?sr=fb012914finalmessage1130a ''CNN.com'', "Senate aide who killed himself left final message," accessed January 29, 2014]</ref>
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.nooga.com/153949/alexander-endorses-mitt-romney-for-president/ ''Nooga.com,'' "Alexander endorses Mitt Romney for president," February 27, 2012]</ref>
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{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.nooga.com/153949/alexander-endorses-mitt-romney-for-president/ ''Nooga.com'', "Alexander endorses Mitt Romney for president," February 27, 2012]</ref>
===Fiscal Cliff===
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{{Support vote}}
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Alexander voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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===Drones filibuster===
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{{drone filibuster 2013 GOP|Name=Alexander}}
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
===2008===
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===2014===
On November 4, 2008, Alexander won re-election to the [[United States Senate]].  He defeated Robert D. Tuke, Edward L. Buck, Christopher G. Fenner, Daniel Towers Lewis, Chris Lugo, Ed Lawhorn, and David Gatchell in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2014]]''
  
{{Election box 2008
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Alexander won re-election to the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]] on November 4, 2014. Alexander defeated [[Gordon Ball]] (D), independent candidates [[Ed Gauthier]], [[Bartholomew Phillips]], [[C. Salekin]], [[Danny Page]], [[Eric Schechter]], [[Joe Wilmoth]], [[Joshua James]] and [[Rick Tyler]], [[Tea Party]] candidate [[Tom Emerson, Jr.]] and [[Green Party]] candidate [[Martin Pleasant]] in the general election.<ref>[http://www.lamaralexander.com/ ''Lamar Alexander for U.S. Senate 2014 Official Campaign Website'', "Homepage," accessed July 31, 2013]</ref> Alexander defeated six challengers in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/TN_US_Senate_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS '’Associated Press'', "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2014]</ref>
|Chamber= U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election
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|party1=Republican
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====Election results====
|party2=Democratic
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=====General election=====
|party3=Independent
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|party4=Independent
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|party5=Independent
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=====Republican primary=====
|party6=Independent
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{{TnsenGOPprimary2014}}
|party7=Independent
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|party8=Independent
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====Tea party target====
|winner1 =Lamar Alexander
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The tea party called out Alexander in August 2013 for his bipartisanship and his willingness to compromise with other congressional members. Alexander responded to his critics in a op-ed published in a Tennessee newspaper. He explained, "I learned to count in Maryville City Schools. So I know that if you only have 45 votes and you need 60 senators to get something important done like balancing the budget and fixing the debt, then you have to work with other people — that is, IF you really care about solving the problem, IF you really want to get a result, instead of just making a speech."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/20/lamar-alexander-vs-the-tea-party/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''Washington Post'', "Republican Lamar Alexander calls out the Tea Party," accessed August 21, 2013]</ref>
|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Robert D. Tuke
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====Endorsements====
|candidate3 = Edward L. Buck
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Alexander was endorsed by the following people:
|candidate4 = Christopher G. Fenner
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*[[Governor of Tennessee|Governor]] [[Bill Haslam]]
|candidate5 = Daniel Towers Lewis
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*[[Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee|Lt. Gov.]] [[Ron Ramsey]]
|candidate6 = Chris Lugo
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*Sen. [[Bob Corker]]
|candidate7 = Ed Lawhorn
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*State speaker [[Beth Harwell]]
|candidate8 = David Gatchell
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*Rep. [[Marsha Blackburn]]
|votes1 = 1579477
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*Rep. [[Chuck Fleischmann]]
|votes2 = 767236
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*Rep. [[Diane Black]]
|votes3 = 31631
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*Rep. [[Stephen Fincher]]
|votes4 = 11073
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*Rep. [[Phil Roe]]
|votes5 = 9367
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*Rep. [[John J. Duncan, Jr.]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/lamar-alexander-unveils-heavyweight-support-84467.html ''Politico'', "Lamar Alexander unveils heavyweight support," December 1, 2012]</ref>
|votes6 = 9170
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*Newt Gingrich<ref>[http://www.theindychannel.com/decodedc/tea-party-candidate-targets-lamar-alexander-in-tennessee ''The Indy Channel'', "Tea party candidate targets Lamar Alexander in Tennessee," accessed July 28, 2014]</ref>
|votes7 = 8986
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*Former Governor [[Mike Huckabee]] Huckabee said, "I've known a lot of conservative Republicans in politics and government but no one I've admire[d] more than Lamar Alexander. For the good of our country, I am writing you to ask that you help him and ensure he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate."<ref>[http://www.nooga.com/163123/sen-lamar-alexander-boasts-mike-huckabee-endorsement/ ''Nooga.com'', "Sen. Lamar Alexander boasts Mike Huckabee endorsement," August 22, 2013]</ref>
|votes8 = 7645
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*Sen. [[Angus King]]<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/angus-king-lamar-alexander-endorsements-112191.html ''Politico'', "Angus King endorses Lamar Alexander," accessed October 30, 2014]</ref>
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====Polls====
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{{CongPoll
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|Title=General Election  
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|Poll1=[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2014/tennessee/election_2014_tennessee_senate Rasmussen Reports]<br>August 11-12, 2014
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|Poll2=[http://today.yougov.com/news/2014/09/07/senate-races-battleground-tracker/ YouGov]<br>August 18 - September 2, 2014
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|Poll3=[http://today.yougov.com/news/2014/09/07/senate-races-battleground-tracker/ YouGov]<br>September 20 - October 1, 2014
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|Response1=Lamar Alexander
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|Response2=Gordon Ball
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|Response3=Other
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|Response4=Undecided
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|Numberpolled1=750
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|Numberpolled2=1056
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|Numberpolled3=1007
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|Margin of error1 = 4
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|Margin of error2 = 4
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|Margin of error3 = 4
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|Response1Poll1% =47
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|Response2Poll1% =32
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|Response3Poll1% =10
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|Response4Poll1% =12
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|Response1Poll2% =47
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|Response2Poll2% =32
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|Response3Poll2% =10
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|Response4Poll2% =11
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|Response1Poll3% =53
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|Response2Poll3% =32
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|Response3Poll3% =2
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|Response4Poll3% =12
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}}
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====Media====
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{|
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{{youtube|title=-HYakjj5CA8|size=250|caption=Lamar Alexander's January 2014 ad, "Standing Up For Tennessee."}}
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{{youtube|title=f4dZJGGyFh0|size=250|caption=Lamar Alexander's October 2014 ad, "Vote For A New Senate Majority."}}
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{{youtube|title=fGUjeQ1x8v0|size=250|caption=Lamar Alexander's October 2014 ad, "Gordon Ball: One More Vote for Obama."}}
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*In January 2014, Alexander ran his first campaign ad of 2014. The ad featured residents of Tennessee who discussed Alexander's conservative values.
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*In Alexander's ad, "Vote For A New Senate Majority," he said, "Obamacare’s a failure; border security’s a mess, terrorists run rampant and America’s drowning in debt. If that’s okay with you then vote for my opponent — he’ll be just one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. But America’s better than that. Your vote can mean a new Senate majority where I can work to fix our broken system and get the right things done."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4dZJGGyFh0 ''Youtube.com'', "Vote For A New Senate Majority," accessed October 20, 2014]</ref>
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*The narrator in "Gordon Ball: One More Vote for Obama," said, "Gordon Ball tells us he’d be independent. But he’d be just one more vote for Obama. He’s a liberal, pro-Obamacare, pro-choice, pro-gun control, slick talking personal injury lawyer. Clearly Gordon Ball would be just one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. Slick talk, one more vote for Obama, that’s the real Gordon Ball."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGUjeQ1x8v0 ''YouTube.com'', "Gordon Ball: One More Vote for Obama," accessed October 20, 2014]</ref>
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*In Alexander's ad, "Trust Me With Your Vote," Alexander said, "These are serious times, and here’s the choice. A vote for my opponent is just one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. Trust me with your vote. It could mean a new Senate majority that will stand up to terrorism, secure our borders, and make it easier to find a job. And finally, we’ll begin to fix our broken system."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCm2UN57RqQ ''Youtube.com'', "Trust Me With Your Vote," accessed October 20, 2014]</ref>
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*In "Together," Alexander argued that he has seen what Tennesseans can do when they work together. He then said, "Trust me with your vote and I will put that kind of Tennessee common sense to work in a new majority in the United States Senate, and we can begin to fix our broken system and move our country in the right direction."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plzj8XC3ges ''Youtube'', ""Together" Television Advertisement," accessed October 30, 2014]</ref>
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===Full history===
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/291/Lamar-Alexander Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Alexander attends.
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===2014===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
Alexander won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Alexander's campaign committee raised a total of $8,309,683 and spent $6,520,264.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00009888&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Lamar Alexander 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
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Alexander won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Alexander's campaign committee raised a total of $8,309,683 and spent $6,520,264.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=N00009888&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Lamar Alexander 2008 Election Cycle," accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Alexander's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-9,829,946 to $15,417,995. That averages to '''$2,794,024.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Alexander ranked as the 50th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009888&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Alexander, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Alexander‘s calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> decreased by an average of 11 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Alexander received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Retired'' industry.
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From 1995-2014, '''18.63 percent of Alexander's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00009888&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sen. Lamar Alexander," accessed October 2, 2014]</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/senators#M ''OpenCongress'', "Lamar Alexander," accessed July 30, 2014]</ref>
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Alexander was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican]]," as of July 30, 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lamar_alexander/300002 ''GovTrack'', "Lamar Alexander," accessed July 30, 2014]</ref> Alexander was listed as a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]," in July 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lamar_alexander/300002 ''GovTrack'', "Lamar Alexander," accessed July 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Alexander missed 85 of 3,253 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.6%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lamar_alexander/300002 ''GovTrack,'' "Alexander," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Alexander missed 117 of 3,698 roll call votes from January 2003 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent percent among current senators as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lamar_alexander/300002 ''GovTrack'', "Alexander," accessed July 30, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Alexander paid his congressional staff a total of $2,662,905 in 2011. He ranks 11 on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 61st overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, [[Tennessee]] ranks 23rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2/Sen_Lamar_Alexander.html LegiStorm "Lamar Alexander"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Alexander paid his congressional staff a total of $2,662,905 in 2011. He ranked 11th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 61st overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, [[Tennessee]] ranked 23rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2/Sen_Lamar_Alexander.html ''LegiStorm'', "Lamar Alexander," accessed August 6, 2012]</ref>
  
===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
====2011====
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Alexander's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$6,198,948 and $31,029,996. That averages to $12,415,524, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 44.91% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009888&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Alexander, (R-Tennessee), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Alexander's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $9,651,050 and $35,424,999. That averages to $22,538,024.50, which is higher than  the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009888&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Alexander, (R-TN), 2010"]</ref>
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Alexander and [[Lindsey Graham]] ranked 40th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 30, 2014]</ref>
  
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Alexander ranked 39th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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Alexander ranked 39th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Alexander ranked 38th in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Alexander ranked 38th in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Alexander and his wife, Honey, have four children.
 
Alexander and his wife, Honey, have four children.
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==See also==
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*[[United States Senate]]
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*[[United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2014]]
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*[[United States congressional delegations from Tennessee]]
  
 
==External links==
 
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Lamar Alexander
Lamar Alexander.jpg
U.S. Senate, Tennessee
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
PredecessorFred Thompson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Secretary, Department of Education
1991-1993
Governor of Tennessee
1979-1987
Education
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University, 1962
J.D.New York University Law School, 1965
Personal
Date of birthJuly 3, 1940
Place of birthMaryville, Tenn.
Net worth$2,794,024.50
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lamar Alexander (b. July 3, 1940, in Maryville, Tenn.) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Tennessee. Alexander was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and most recently won re-election to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Alexander is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Alexander previously served as the Governor of Tennessee and as the U.S. Secretary of Education.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1962: Received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University
  • 1965: Received his J.D. from New York University Law School
  • 1979-1987: Served as Governor of Tennessee
  • 1985-1986: Held a position as chairman of the National Governors Association
  • 1991-1993: Served as U.S. Secretary of Education
  • 2003-Present: U.S. Senator from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Alexander served on the following Senate committees:[3]:

2011-2012

Alexander served on the following Senate committees:

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Alexander's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Alexander voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[6]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[7][8][9]

According to the website Breitbart, Alexander was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[10][11]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[12]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Alexander joined with 19 other Republican senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Alexander voted with the 17 Republican and the 55 Democratic members in favor of the bill.[15][16]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Alexander voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Alexander voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[20]

Immigration


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Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Alexander voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[21]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Alexander voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Alexander voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Alexander's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Alexander is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Alexander received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 71 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Neutral Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24]

Call for Sebelius' resignation

Alexander, a member of the Senate health committee, took to the Senate floor and Twitter to call for the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.[26]

Lamar Alexander tweet.JPG

Senate Conservative Fund target

The Senate Conservative Fund targeted Alexander in August 2013 with two weeks of radio ads designed to push Senate Republicans to support Mike Lee's effort to defund Obamacare.[27]

FAA cell phone restrictions

Alexander issued a statement on November 26, 2013, following the FAA's announcement that they would allow the use of cell phones on some flights. Alexander urged the FAA to allow texting on flights but not conversations. The statement read: "Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts. The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights. Stop and think about what we hear now in airport lobbies from those who wander around shouting personal details into a microphone: babbling about last night’s love life, bathroom plans, next week’s schedule, orders to an assistant, arguments with spouses. Imagine this noise while you travel, restrained by your seatbelt, unable to escape. The FCC commissioners will earn the gratitude of the two million Americans who fly each day by deciding: text messages, yes; conversations, no."[28]

Chief of staff investigation

In December 2013, Alexander's Chief of Staff Jesse Ryan Loskarn was arrested under allegations of child pornography. Alexander immediately suspended Loskarn without pay and released the following statement: "I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."[29]

On January 23, 2014, Loskarn was found deceased. The cause of death was ruled a suicide. Prior to his death, an indictment had been delayed until February 10, 2014.[30] Loskarn's family released a letter he had left behind that explained his actions. He wrote, "I found myself drawn to videos that matched my own childhood abuse. It's painful and humiliating to admit to myself, let alone the whole world, but I pictured myself as a child in the image or video. The more an image mirrored some element of my memories and took me back, the more I felt a connection." Loskarn continued, "it is the truth, not an excuse," for his behavior. He added, "The news coverage of my spectacular fall makes it impossible for me to crawl in a hole and disappear. I've hurt every single human being I've ever known and the details of my shame are preserved on the internet for all time. There is no escape."[31]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lamar Alexander endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [32]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2014

Alexander won re-election to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014. Alexander defeated Gordon Ball (D), independent candidates Ed Gauthier, Bartholomew Phillips, C. Salekin, Danny Page, Eric Schechter, Joe Wilmoth, Joshua James and Rick Tyler, Tea Party candidate Tom Emerson, Jr. and Green Party candidate Martin Pleasant in the general election.[33] Alexander defeated six challengers in the Republican primary.[34]

Election results

General election
U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 61.9% 849,629
     Democratic Gordon Ball 31.8% 437,251
     Independent Ed Gauthier 0.2% 2,311
     Independent Bartholomew Phillips 0.2% 2,380
     Independent C. Salekin 0.1% 784
     Independent Danny Page 0.6% 7,710
     Independent Eric Schechter 0.1% 1,668
     Constitution Joe Wilmoth 2.6% 36,063
     Independent Joshua James 0.4% 5,672
     Independent Rick Tyler 0.4% 5,753
     Tea Party Tom Emerson, Jr. 0.8% 11,149
     Green Martin Pleasant 0.9% 12,536
Total Votes 1,372,906
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
Republican primary
U.S. Senate, Tennessee Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 49.7% 330,088
Joe Carr 40.6% 269,169
George Flinn 5.2% 34,207
Christian Agnew 1.7% 11,203
John King 1.2% 7,876
Brenda Lenard 1.2% 7,697
Erin Magee 0.5% 3,412
Total Votes 663,652
Source: Results via Associated Press

Tea party target

The tea party called out Alexander in August 2013 for his bipartisanship and his willingness to compromise with other congressional members. Alexander responded to his critics in a op-ed published in a Tennessee newspaper. He explained, "I learned to count in Maryville City Schools. So I know that if you only have 45 votes and you need 60 senators to get something important done like balancing the budget and fixing the debt, then you have to work with other people — that is, IF you really care about solving the problem, IF you really want to get a result, instead of just making a speech."[35]

Endorsements

Alexander was endorsed by the following people:

Polls

General Election
Poll Lamar Alexander Gordon BallOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
YouGov
September 20 - October 1, 2014
53%32%2%12%+/-41,007
YouGov
August 18 - September 2, 2014
47%32%10%11%+/-41,056
Rasmussen Reports
August 11-12, 2014
47%32%10%12%+/-4750
AVERAGES 49% 32% 7.33% 11.67% +/-4 937.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrGeorge FlinnOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Red Racing Horses (July 28-30, 2014)
41%29%5%5%20%+/-5.0400
Triton Polling (July 10-11, 2014)
43%36%6.7%4%10.1%+/-2.91,099
AVERAGES 42% 32.5% 5.85% 4.5% 15.05% +/-3.95 749.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
North Star Opinion Research (May 12-14, 2014)
56%14%8%22%+/-4600
North Star Opinion Research (February 3-6, 2014)
62%17%3%18%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (December 2-3, 2013)
46%40%0%14%+/-5391
North Star Opinion Research (August 19-22, 2013)
64%22%0%14%+/-4600
AVERAGES 57% 23.25% 2.75% 17% +/-4.25 547.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media


Lamar Alexander's January 2014 ad, "Standing Up For Tennessee."

Lamar Alexander's October 2014 ad, "Vote For A New Senate Majority."

Lamar Alexander's October 2014 ad, "Gordon Ball: One More Vote for Obama."
  • In January 2014, Alexander ran his first campaign ad of 2014. The ad featured residents of Tennessee who discussed Alexander's conservative values.
  • In Alexander's ad, "Vote For A New Senate Majority," he said, "Obamacare’s a failure; border security’s a mess, terrorists run rampant and America’s drowning in debt. If that’s okay with you then vote for my opponent — he’ll be just one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. But America’s better than that. Your vote can mean a new Senate majority where I can work to fix our broken system and get the right things done."[40]
  • The narrator in "Gordon Ball: One More Vote for Obama," said, "Gordon Ball tells us he’d be independent. But he’d be just one more vote for Obama. He’s a liberal, pro-Obamacare, pro-choice, pro-gun control, slick talking personal injury lawyer. Clearly Gordon Ball would be just one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. Slick talk, one more vote for Obama, that’s the real Gordon Ball."[41]

Lamar Alexander's October 2014 ad, "Trust Me With Your Vote."

Lamar Alexander's October 2014 ad, "Together."
  • In Alexander's ad, "Trust Me With Your Vote," Alexander said, "These are serious times, and here’s the choice. A vote for my opponent is just one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. Trust me with your vote. It could mean a new Senate majority that will stand up to terrorism, secure our borders, and make it easier to find a job. And finally, we’ll begin to fix our broken system."[42]
  • In "Together," Alexander argued that he has seen what Tennesseans can do when they work together. He then said, "Trust me with your vote and I will put that kind of Tennessee common sense to work in a new majority in the United States Senate, and we can begin to fix our broken system and move our country in the right direction."[43]

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Alexander attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Alexander's reports.[46]

Lamar Alexander (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2013$1,010,758.68$1,011,187.37$(216,029.39)$1,805,916.66
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$1,805,916.66$2,039,529.20$(723,012.28)$3,122,433.58
October Quarterly[49]October 15, 2013$3,122,433.58$842,131.03$(1,158,871.38)$2,805,693.23
Year-End[50]January 31, 2014$2,805,693$774,639$(402,356)$3,177,975
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2014$3,177,975.95$643,440.80$(703,032.63)$3,118,384.17
July Quarterly[52]July 15, 2014$3,118,384.17$917,137.13$(623,840.59)$3,411,680.71
Running totals
$6,228,064.53$(3,827,142.27)

Comprehensive donor information for Alexander is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Alexander raised a total of $14,416,657 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[53]

Lamar Alexander's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Tennessee) Won $8,309,683
2002 U.S. Senate (Tennessee) Won $6,106,974
Grand Total Raised $14,416,657

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


2008

Alexander won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Alexander's campaign committee raised a total of $8,309,683 and spent $6,520,264.[54]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Alexander's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-9,829,946 to $15,417,995. That averages to $2,794,024.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Alexander ranked as the 50th most wealthy senator in 2012.[55] Between 2004 and 2012, Alexander‘s calculated net worth[56] decreased by an average of 11 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[57]

Lamar Alexander Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$34,518,629
2012$2,794,024
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-92%
Average annual growth:-11%[58]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[59]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Alexander received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 1995-2014, 18.63 percent of Alexander's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[60]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Lamar Alexander Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $46,025,588
Total Spent $41,016,783
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$2,088,572
Securities & Investment$1,849,957
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,836,751
Real Estate$1,557,918
Health Professionals$1,239,410
% total in top industry4.54%
% total in top two industries8.56%
% total in top five industries18.63%

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[61]

Alexander most often votes with:

Alexander least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Alexander was a "centrist Republican," as of July 30, 2014.[62] Alexander was listed as a "rank-and-file Republican," in July 2013.[63]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Alexander missed 117 of 3,698 roll call votes from January 2003 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent percent among current senators as of July 2014.[64]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Alexander paid his congressional staff a total of $2,662,905 in 2011. He ranked 11th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 61st overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranked 23rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[65]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Alexander and Lindsey Graham ranked 40th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[66]

2012

Alexander ranked 39th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[67]

2011

Alexander ranked 38th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[68]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Lamar Alexander voted with the Republican Party 86.1 percent of the time, which ranked 28th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[69]

2013

Lamar Alexander voted with the Republican Party 86.4 percent of the time, which ranked 28th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[70]

Recent news

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Personal

Alexander and his wife, Honey, have four children.

See also

External links

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  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  57. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  58. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Kyl
U.S. Senate - Tennessee
2007-Present
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