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Lamar Alexander
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United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2021
Preceded by Fred Thompson
Succeeded by Bill Hagerty
27th Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
December 2007 – January 26, 2012
Leader Mitch McConnell
Preceded by Jon Kyl
Succeeded by John Thune
5th United States Secretary of Education
In office
March 22, 1991 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Lauro Cavazos
Succeeded by Richard Riley
45th Governor of Tennessee
In office
January 16, 1979 – January 17, 1987
Lieutenant John S. Wilder
Preceded by Ray Blanton
Succeeded by Ned McWherter
Personal details
Born
Andrew Lamar Alexander

July 3, 1940 (1940-07-03) (age 81)
Maryville, Tennessee, US
Nationality  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Honey Buhler (m. 1969)
Children 4
Residence Nashville, Tennessee, US
Alma mater Vanderbilt University (B.A.)
New York University School of Law (J.D.)
Occupation President of the University of Tennessee
Professor at Harvard Kennedy School
Profession Attorney

Andrew Lamar Alexander, Jr. (born July 3, 1940) is an American politician. He was a United States senator from Tennessee from 2003 to 2021. He is a member of the Republican Party. Alexander was 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 not running in the 2020 election.


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