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LEE ATWATER, Newberry ’70 Manager of George Bush's 1988 presidential campaign and former chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1988-91.
BIRCH EVAN BAYH, Purdue ’46 Senator from 1963-81. Wrote and sponsored the 25th and 26th Amendments. Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Was the only lawmaker since the Founding Fathers to write two Constitutional Amendments. Chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses). Indiana House of Representatives from 1954-62, serving as minority leader in 1957 and 1961 and as speaker in 1959.
RICHARD BRYAN, Nevada-Reno ’56 Senator from 1989 to present. Governor of Nevada from 1983-89. Attorney General of Nevada 1978-83. Member of the Nevada Senate from 1972-78. State Legislator and state’s first and youngest, public defender at age 29.
LAWTON CHILES, Florida ’49 Governor of Florida from 1990-98. Senator from 1971-89. Member of the Florida State senate from 1966-1970. Florida Law Revision Committee from 1968-70. Florida House of Representatives from 1958-66. Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging (Ninety-Sixth Congress), Committee on the Budget (One Hundredth Congress).
EWIN LAMAR DAVIS, Vanderbilt 1895 Representative from 1919-33. Member of the Federal Trade Commission from 1933 until his death in 1945, chairman in 1933, 1940 and 1945. Chairman, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Seventy-second Congress). Member of the American National Committee, Third World Power Conference, in 1936.
JAMES OLIVER EASTLAND, Vanderbilt ’26 Senator in 1941 and from 1942-79. Served a record 22 years as Judiciary Committee Chairman, becoming the youngest ever assuming that post when named in 1959. Senate President Pro Tempore from 1972-79.
FRANK FAHRENKOPF, Nevada-Reno ’59 Former Chairman of the National Republican Committee. President and CEO of the American Gaming Association.
SAM M. GIBBONS, Florida ’39 Representative from 1963-97. Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (One Hundred Third Congress).
DWIGHT P. GRISWOLD, Nebraska ’13 Senator from 1952-54. Governor of Nebraska from 1940-46. Director, Division of Internal Affairs and Communications, Military Government of Germany 1947. Chief, American Mission for Aid to Greece from 1947-48.
LEE H. HAMILTON, DePauw ’49 Representative from 1965-99. Chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-ninth Congress), Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran (One Hundredth Congress), Joint Economic Committee (One Hundred First Congress); Committee on Foreign Affairs (One Hundred Third Congress).
WILLIAM HENKEL, St. Lawrence ’60 Assistant to the President from 1986-87, and, prior to that, as Deputy Assistant to the President, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance under President Ronald Reagan beginning in 1982.
SPESSARD L. HOLLAND, Emory ’09 Senator from 1963-77. Governor of Florida from 1941-45. Distinguished Service Cross (World War I). Sponsor of the twenty-fourth amendment to the Constitution outlawing the poll tax in federal elections.
ROY M. HUFFINGTON, Southern Methodist ’35 Ambassador to Austria from 1990-93). Winner of the Ambassador of the Year in 1992 from the Diplomatic Club of Vienna. Winner of the "Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeichen" (Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold) for services in the Republic of Austria.
ALBERT W. JOHNSON, Pennsylvania ’27 Representative from 1963-77. Member of the Pennsylvania house of representatives from 1947-63, serving as majority whip in the 1951 session, minority whip in the 1955 session, majority leader in the 1953, 1957, and 1963 sessions, and minority leader in the 1959 and 1961 sessions.
LEONARD B. JORDAN, Oregon ’21 Senator from 1962-73. Governor of Idaho from 1951-55. Chairman of the International Joint Commission from 1955-57. Member of the International Development Advisory Board from 1958-1959.
JACK F. KEMP, Occidental ’54 Representative from 1971-89, Presidential nominee, Vice-Presidential nominee in 1996, special assistant to the chairman, Republican National Committee in 1969, and Secretary for Housing and Urban Development under President George Bush.
CLARENCE D. LONG, Washington & Jefferson ’30 Representative from 1963-85. Associate task force director of the first Hoover Commission in 1948. Senior staff member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President in 1953-54 and 1956-57. Acting chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland in 1961-62. Author of numerous books and articles on unemployment, wages, labor force, and economic fluctuations.
MICHAEL J. MANSFIELD, Montana ’38 Representative from 1943-53, and Senator from 1953-77. Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Democratic Whip from 1957-61. Senate Majority Leader from 1961-77 is the longest tenure in history. Chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-first Congress). Chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Eighty-seventh Congress), Select Committee on Secret and Confidential Documents (Ninety-second Congress), and Special Committee on Secret and Confidential Documents (Ninety-third Congress). Ambassador to Japan 1977-88, longest for the post. Among his best achievements was lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.
BURNET R. MAYBANK, Charleston ’16 Senator from 1941-54. Governor of South Carolina from 1939-41. Chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), and co-chairman, Joint Committee on Defense Production (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses).
LAWRENCE P. MCDONALD, Davidson ’52 Representative from 1975-83. He was among the 269 victims of the Soviet Union’s shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 while on his way to Seoul to speak at ceremonies commemorating the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Korea mutual defense treaty. His topic was Soviet Intervention in Korean Affairs.
JOHN M. MCDUFFIE, Birmingham-Southern ’00 Representative from 1919-35. Judge in the United States District Court from 1935 until his death. Prosecuting attorney for the first judicial circuit of Alabama from 1911-19. Minority whip (Seventy-first Congress), majority whip (Seventy-second Congress); and chairman, Committee on Insular Affairs (Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses).
WILLIAM H. MILTON, JR., Auburn 1882 Senator from 1908-09. Appointed United States commissioner for the northern district of Florida in 1923, and reappointed in 1927, and served until his death. District member of the Florida State board of social welfare 1937-1942.
ROBERT A. MOSBACHER, Washington & Lee ’46 Secretary of Commerce under President George Bush. National Finance Chairman for President Gerald Ford in 1976 and President Bush in 1988. Established Mosbacher Petroleum Co. in Houston, Texas.
ROBERT LATHAM OWEN, Washington & Lee 1874 The first Senator from Oklahoma from 1907-25. Of Cherokee descent, served as an Indian agent before the Indian Territory achieved statehood. Chairman, Committee on Indian Depredations (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Pacific Railroads (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on the Five Civilized Tribes (Sixty-sixth Congress. Organized and served as chairman of the National Popular Government League from 1913 until his death in Washington, DC, on July 19, 1947.
HUGH PETERSON, Georgia ’16 Representative from 1935-47. Chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses), Committee on Territories (Seventy-ninth Congress).
PETER G. PETERSON, Northwestern ’48 Secretary of Commerce from 1972-73 under President Richard M. Nixon. Board Member of the Council on Foreign Relations for study in international affairs.
JOHN E. PORTER, MIT ’54 Representative since 1979. Chairman of the Labor, Health & Human Services and Education Subcommittee. Co-Founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, from 1961-63.
EDWARD W. POU, North Carolina 1884 Representative from 1901-34. Chairman, Committee on Claims (Sixty-second, Sixty-third, and Sixty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Rules (Sixty-fifth, Seventy-second, and Seventy-third Congresses).
KENNETH A. ROBERTS, Alabama ’34 Representative from 1951-65. counsel, Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission, 1965-72; member, National Highway Safety Advisory Committee, 1966-70.
FURNIFOLD M. SIMMONS, Duke 1872 Senator from 1901-31. Chairman, Committee on Disposition of Useless Executive Papers (Sixty-first Congress), Committee on Engrossed Bills (Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses), Committee on Finance (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), and Committee on Additional Accommodations for the Library of Congress (Sixty-sixth Congress).
ALAN K. SIMPSON, Wyoming ’50 Senator from 1979-97. Appointed Assistant Majority Leader in 1985. Republican whip from 1985-95. Chairman, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress). Assistant attorney general of Wyoming from 1958-59. United States Commissioner from 1959-69.
MILWARD LEE SIMPSON, Wyoming ’18 Senator from 1962-67. Wyoming Governor from 1955-59. Member of the National Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions in 1950 and served as president in 1952 and 1953.
H. ALLEN SMITH, UCLA ’27 Representative from 1957-73. Special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from December 1935 until August 1942. Representative, Republican National Conventions, 1960, 1964, and 1968, and parliamentarian at 1968 convention.
JOHN WESLEY SNYDER, Vanderbilt ’15 Secretary of Treasury under President Harry S. Truman from 1946-53, served on the NATO Council and National Security Council advising U.S. delegations to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and helping to administer the Marshall Plan.
VICE ADMIRAL JAMES BOND STOCKDALE, Monmouth ’89 26 combat decorations, Congressional Medal of Honor, Chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Vice-Presidential nominee in 1992.
LINDSAY C. WARREN, North Carolina ’07 Representative from 1925-40. chairman, Committee on Accounts (Seventy-second through Seventy-sixth Congresses); appointed Comptroller General of the United States for a fifteen-year term, serving from November 1, 1940, until his retirement on May 1, 1954.
JAMES GAINS WATT, Wyoming ’57 Legislative Assistant and Council to Senator Milward L. Simpson from 1962-66. Principal Spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. First Deputy Assistant Secretary with the Department of the Interior from 1969-75. Vice-Chairman of Federal Power Commission from 1975-77 under President Gerald Ford, Secretary of Interior under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-83.


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