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
Net worth$12,415,524
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.

Alexander previously served as the governor of Tennessee and as the U.S. Secretary of Education.[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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 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 serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

2011-2012

Alexander served on the following Senate committees:

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. [3]

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.[4]

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 have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[5][6][7]

According to the website Breitbart, Alexander was 1 of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[8][9]

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."[10]

Elections

Full history


Campaign donors

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.[13]

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

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.[14]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Alexander is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 2, 2013.[15]

Lifetime voting record

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

National Journal vote ratings

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.[20]

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.[21]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Lamar Alexander voted with the Republican Party 86.4% of the time, which ranked 28th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[22]

Recent news

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Personal

Alexander and his wife, Honey, have four children.

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Lamar Alexander," Accessed November 4, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Nooga.com, "Alexander endorses Mitt Romney for president," February 27, 2012
  4. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  6. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  7. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  8. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  9. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Donor history for Lamar Alexander" Accessed April 25, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Lamar Alexander 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  15. Gov Track "Lamar Alexander," Accessed July 2, 2013
  16. GovTrack, "Alexander," Accessed April 11, 2013
  17. LegiStorm "Lamar Alexander"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Alexander, (R-Tennessee), 2011"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Alexander, (R-TN), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Kyl
U.S. Senate - Tennessee
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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