ALEXANDER, Lamar (1940-)
Senate Years of Service: 2003-

ALEXANDER, LAMAR, A Senator from Tennessee; born in Maryville, Tennessee, on July 3, 1940; B.A., Vanderbilt University 1962; J.D., New York University Law School 1965; governor of Tennessee 1979-1987; chairman of the National Governors Association 1985-1986; U.S. secretary of education 1991-1993; elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2002; reelected in 2008, and again in 2014, and served from January 3, 2003, to January 3, 2021; chair, Republican Conference (2008-2012); chair, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (One Hundred Fourteenth through One Hundred Sixteenth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2020.

Vanderbilt University
Special Collections
Nashville, TN
Papers: Senatorial Papers.

  • Alexander, Lamar. Friends, Japanese and Tennesseans: A Model of U.S.-Japan Cooperation. New York: Harper & Row, 1986.
  • ___. Lamar Alexander's Little Plaid Book. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1998.
  • ___. Six Months Off: An American Family's Australian Adventure. New York: Quill/William Morrow, 1988.
  • ___. Steps Along The Way: A Governor's Scrapbook. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1986.
  • ___. The Tennesseans: A People and Their Land. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1981.
  • ___. We Know What To Do: A Political Maverick Talks With America. New York: W. Morrow, 1995.