Lamar Alexander
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"Andrew Lamar Alexander, Jr." is an American politician and the Seniority in the United States Senate/senior United States Senate/United States senator from Tennessee having served since 2003. A member of the Republican Party (United States)/Republican Party, Alexander previously served as the conference chair of the Republican Party in the US Senate from 2007 to 2012.

Born in Maryville, Tennessee, Alexander is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and New York University School of Law. He worked as a legislative assistant to Senator Howard Baker and as an assistant in the Nixon Administration in the late 1960s. He won the Republican nomination for the 1974 Tennessee gubernatorial election but was defeated by Congressman Ray Blanton in the general election.

In 1978, Alexander defeated Knoxville, Tennessee/Knoxville Democratic Party (United States)/Democrat Jake Butcher for the governorship, serving as the List of Governors of Tennessee/45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987. In 1991, he was nominated by President of the United States/President George H. W. Bush to serve as United States Secretary of Education/Secretary of Education, from 1991 to 1993. Alexander ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in U.S. presidential election, 1996/1996 and U.S. presidential election, 2000/2000.

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