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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

Political Highlights: Republican nominee for governor, 1974; governor, 1979-87; Education secretary, 1991-93; sought Republican nomination for president, 1996; sought Republican nomination for president, 2000; U.S. Senate, 2003-present
Born: July 3, 1940; Maryville, Tenn.
Residence: Walland
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Honey Alexander; four children
Education: Vanderbilt U., B.A. 1962; New York U., J.D. 1965
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (3rd term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy-Water - Chairman; Interior-Environment; Labor-HHS-Education; Transportation-HUD); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; National Parks; Public Lands, Forests and Mining); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Rules & Administration

Election History
2014generalLamar Alexander (R) 850,08761.9
Gordon Ball (D) 437,84831.9
Joe Wilmoth (CNSTP) 36,0882.6
Martin Pleasant (GREEN) 12,5700.9
Tom Emerson (I) 11,1570.8
Danny Page (I) 7,7130.6
Rick Tyler (I) 5,7590.4
Joshua James (I) 5,6780.4
Bartholomew Phillips (I) 2,3860.2
Edmund Gauthier (I) 2,3140.2
Eric Schechter (I) 1,6730.1
C. Salekin (D) 7870.1
2008generalLamar Alexander (R) 1,579,47765.1
Robert Tuke (D) 767,23631.6
Edward Buck (I) 31,6311.3
Christopher Fenner (I) 11,0730.5
Daniel Lewis (I) 9,3670.4
Chris Lugo (I) 9,1700.4
Ed Lawhorn (I) 8,9860.4
David Gatchell (I) 7,6450.3
2002generalLamar Alexander (R) 891,42054.3
Bob Clement (D) 728,29544.3
John Hooker (I) 6,4070.4
Wesley Baker (I) 6,1050.4
Connie Gammon (I) 5,3460.3
Karl Davidson (I) 2,2160.1
Basil Marceaux (I) 1,1730.1
H. Keplinger (I) 1,1030.1
Roll Call Vitals


Tennessee is 24th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Sen. Lamar Alexander has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.