COVERDELL, Paul (1939-2000)
Senate Years of Service: 1993-2000

COVERDELL, PAUL, A Senator from Georgia; born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, January 20, 1939; attended Cobb County, Ga. public schools; graduated Lees Summit High School, Lees Summit, Mo.; attended Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., and graduated University of Missouri 1961; served in the United States Army in Okinawa, Taiwan, and Korea 1962-1964; businessman; member, Georgia State Senate 1971-1989; minority leader 1974-1989; chairman, southern steering committee for the 1988 George Bush presidential campaign; director, United States Peace Corps 1989-1991; elected as a Republican in the November 24, 1992, general election runoff to the United States Senate for the term ending January 3, 1999; reelected in 1998, and served from January 3, 1993, until his death due to cerebral hemorrhage on July 18, 2000; remains were cremated.

Georgia College and State University
Ina Dillard Russell Library
Milledgeville, GA
Papers: 1970-2000. Correspondence and papers from his service as Director of the Peace Corps, as a state senator, and as a United States Senator. The Georgia Senate papers are open for research. These include Town Hall Association, Georgia Republican Caucus, legislative, constituent, campaign, and Republican Party records; memorabilia; audiotapes; videocassettes, and photographs.

  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes to Paul Douglas Coverdell. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000.