Critics rap Alexander's nuke proposal

NASHVILLE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A plan by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to build 100 nuclear plants over the next 20 years is fraught with problems, critics say.
Alexander supports Sotomayor appointment

Alexander supports Sotomayor appointment

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A critic of many of President Barack Obama's policies Thursday became the highest-ranking Republican to endorse Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
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WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- A proposed nuclear plant one-tenth the size of a usual plant is an "inconvenient answer" to U.S. energy needs, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said.

Republicans want Specter donations back

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Some Republican senators say they are taking up an offer by Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania to return political contributions since he changed parties.

GOP outlines audit plan for stimulus

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Republican senators have developed a plan for an independent audit of the $787 billion stimulus for the U.S. economy, several GOP senators said Thursday.

Obama team treads fine bipartisan line

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Barack Obama's transition team has been doing well in developing friendly, bipartisan relationships before he takes office in January, Republicans say.
Gingrich works to rehabilitate GOP image

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WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is rehabilitating his image among U.S. senators looking to avoid GOP defeats this fall, The Hill political paper says.

Congress overrides Bush farm bill veto

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to override President George W. Bush's veto of the $307 billion farm bill, with most Republicans joining Democrats.

Reporter gets help from flack's Blackberry

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- The Washington reporter for a Tennessee newspaper, tied up by a burglar who invaded his house, got help by texting a home-state senator's press officer.

Analysis: Sens. extend renewable tax break

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Report: Medicare plan not cutting costs

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Using regular phone contact to check on the health of chronically ill U.S. Medicare patients appears to cost more than it saves the system, a study found.

Kyl, Alexander elected to GOP posts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was elected Republican Conference chairman Thursday, defeating Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Senators vie for GOP leadership posts

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is running for the No. 3 leadership post among Senate Republicans.

Three mentioned to replace Lott as whip

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The names of at least three U.S. Senate Republicans are being floated to replace retiring Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., as minority whip, sources reported.

Memphis pizzeria gets presidential kudos

MEMPHIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Milano's New York Pizza restaurant in Memphis passed presidential muster earlier this month when it received an order from U.S. President George W. Bush.
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Lamar Alexander
Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-TN, speaks during a forum on Medicare fraud on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 28, 2008. Medicare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers as much as $80 billion a year. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)

Andrew Lamar Alexander (born July 3, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party. He was previously the 45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987, United States Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.

Alexander was born in Maryville, Tennessee, where he was raised, to Genevra Floreine (née Rankin) and Andrew Lamar Alexander. In high school he was elected Governor of Tennessee Boys State. Alexander graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1962 and from the New York University School of Law in 1965. After graduating from law school, Alexander clerked for United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit judge John Minor Wisdom in New Orleans from 1965 to 1966.

In 1969 Alexander married Honey Buhler, who grew up in Victoria, Texas, and graduated from Smith College of Massachusetts. They had met during a softball game for Senate staff members; he was then a staffer for Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee while she worked for Senator John Tower of Texas. Together they have four children: Drew, Leslee, Kathryn, and Will.

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