|U.S. Senate, Tennessee|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Secretary, Department of Education|
|Governor of Tennessee|
|Bachelor's||Vanderbilt University, 1962|
|J.D.||New York University Law School, 1965|
|Birthday||July 3, 1940|
|Place of birth||Maryville, TN|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
- Environment and Public Works
- Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
- Rules and Administration
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.
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.
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.
|U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2008 - Lamar Alexander Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$759,199|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$758,944|
|Top contributors to Lamar Alexander's campaign committee|
|Baker, Donelson et al||$38,850|
|National HealthCare Corp||$38,500|
|Corrections Corp of America||$35,700|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$307,949|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lamar Alexander has voted with the Republican Party 91.9 of the time, which ranked 19 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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Alexander and his wife, Honey, have four children.
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- Gov Track "Lamar Alexander," Accessed April 21, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Lamar Alexander," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Nooga.com, "Alexander endorses Mitt Romney for president," February 27, 2012
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- Open Secrets "Lamar Alexander 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
- LegiStorm "Lamar Alexander"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Alexander, (R-TN), 2010"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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