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Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander
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U.S. Senate, Tennessee
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorFred Thompson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next general November 4, 2014
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
BirthdayJuly 3, 1940
Place of birthMaryville, TN
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Alexander is a "centrist Republican".[1]

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

2013-2015

Alexander serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

2011-2012

Issues

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. [4]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[5]

Elections

2008

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.[6]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 65.1% 1,579,477
     Democratic Robert D. Tuke 31.6% 767,236
     Independent Edward L. Buck 1.3% 31,631
     Independent Christopher G. Fenner 0.5% 11,073
     Independent Daniel Towers Lewis 0.4% 9,367
     Independent Chris Lugo 0.4% 9,170
     Independent Ed Lawhorn 0.4% 8,986
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 7,645
Total Votes 2,424,585

Campaign donors

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.[7]


Analysis

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 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.[8]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 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.[9]

2010

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.[10]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

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. Alexander ranked 38th in the conservative rankings.[11]

Political positions

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.[12]

Recent news

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Personal

Alexander and his wife, Honey, have four children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Kyl
U.S. Senate - Tennessee
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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