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Dick Gephardt
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House Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Deputy David Bonior
Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Robert H. Michel
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
Leader of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Tom Foley
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
House Majority Leader
In office
June 6, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Deputy William H. Gray
David Bonior
Speaker Tom Foley
Preceded by Tom Foley
Succeeded by Dick Armey
Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1989
Leader Tip O'Neill
Jim Wright
Preceded by Gillis William Long
Succeeded by William H. Gray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Leonor Sullivan
Succeeded by Russ Carnahan
Personal details
Richard Andrew Gephardt

(1941-01-31) January 31, 1941 (age 82)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Jane Gephardt
(m. 1966)
Children 3, including Chrissy
Education Northwestern University (BS)
University of Michigan (JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service Flag of the United States Air Force United States Air Force
Years of service 1965–1971
Unit Missouri Air National Guard

Richard Andrew Gephardt (/ˈɡɛphɑːrd/; born January 31, 1941) is an American attorney, lobbyist, and politician who served as a United States Representative from Missouri from 1977 to 2005. A member of the Democratic Party, he was House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1988 and 2004. Gephardt was mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee in 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Since his retirement from politics, Gephardt has become a significant lobbyist. He founded a Washington-based public affairs firm, Gephardt Government Affairs, an Atlanta-based labor consultancy, the Gephardt Group, as well as a direct primary care group, SolidaritUS Health. He also consults for DLA Piper, FTI Consulting and Goldman Sachs and is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One and co-chair of Issue One's Council for Responsible Social Media with former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey.

Early life

Gephardt was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Loreen Estelle (née Cassell) and Louis Andrew Gephardt, a Teamster milkman; part of his ancestry is German. He graduated from the former Southwest High School in 1958. Gephardt is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his B.S. at Northwestern University in 1962 where he was president of Beta Theta Pi, the student senate, and his freshman class. He earned his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School in 1965.

In 1965, he was admitted to the Missouri Bar. He then entered the Missouri Air National Guard, where he served until 1971.

He and his wife Jane have three grown children, Matt, Katie, and Chrissy. His brother, Donald L. Gephardt, was the Dean of The College of Fine and Performing Arts at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

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