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John Pastore
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United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
December 19, 1950 – December 28, 1976
Preceded by Edward L. Leahy
Succeeded by John Chafee
61st Governor of Rhode Island
In office
October 6, 1945 – December 19, 1950
Lieutenant John S. McKiernan
Preceded by J. Howard McGrath
Succeeded by John S. McKiernan
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 1945 – October 6, 1945
Governor J. Howard McGrath
Preceded by Louis Cappelli
Succeeded by John S. McKiernan
Personal details
John Orlando Pastore

(1907-03-17)March 17, 1907
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died July 15, 2000(2000-07-15) (aged 93)
Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse Elena Caito
Children 3
Education Northeastern University (LLB)

John Orlando Pastore (March 17, 1907 – July 15, 2000) was an American lawyer and politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party. Pastore served as a United States Senator from Rhode Island from 1950 to 1976. He served as the 61st Governor of Rhode Island from 1945 to 1950. He was the first Italian American to be elected as a senator.

Pastore was best known taking part in a 1969 hearing involving a $20 million grant for the funding of PBS. President Richard Nixon had wanted to cut the proposed funding to $10 million due to the demands of the Vietnam War. Fred Rogers, host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, appeared before the committee to argue for the full $20 million. After hearing Rogers's testimony Pastore restored the funding. The following year's appropriation increased PBS funding from $9 million to $22 million.

Pastore won his final Senate race in 1970 by a 68%–32% margin over John McLaughlin. McLaughlin later became the host of the television program The McLaughlin Group.

Pastore died in Cranston, Rhode Island on July 15, 2000 of kidney failure at the age of 93.

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