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Lamar Alexander
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United States Senator
from Tennessee
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Serving with Marsha Blackburn
Preceded byFred Thompson
Succeeded byBill Hagerty (elect)
27th Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
December 2007[1] – January 26, 2012
LeaderMitch McConnell
Preceded byJon Kyl
Succeeded byJohn Thune
5th United States Secretary of Education
In office
March 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byLauro Cavazos
Succeeded byRichard Riley
45th Governor of Tennessee
In office
January 16, 1979 – January 17, 1987
LieutenantJohn S. Wilder
Preceded byRay Blanton
Succeeded byNed McWherter
Personal details
Andrew Lamar Alexander

(1940-07-03) July 3, 1940 (age 81)
Maryville, Tennessee, US
Nationality United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Honey Buhler (m. 1969)[2]
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee, US
Alma materVanderbilt University (B.A.)
New York University School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationPresident of the University of Tennessee
Professor at Harvard Kennedy School

Andrew Lamar Alexander, Jr. (born July 3, 1940) is an American politician. He is the United States senator from Tennessee since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. Alexander last served as the conference chair of the Republican Party in the US Senate from 2007 to 2012.

He unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.

In December 2018, Alexander announced his retirement from the Senate by ruling out a re-election bid in the 2020 race.[3]


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