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Former Sen. Larry Pressler considering running again

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, a Republican from South Dakota, says he's considering running for his old job on the independent ticket next year.
Republican former senator backs Obama

Republican former senator backs Obama

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Former Sen. Larry Pressler, R-S.D., has decided to endorse Democrat Barack Obama for president, Politico reported Sunday.

Report: Sen. Johnson did not suffer stroke

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., was hospitalized in Washington Wednesday, but his office said he did not suffer a stroke or a heart attack, as earlier thought.

Dem. Johnson on top in S.Dakota race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush's handpicked challenger, Rep. John Thune, held a 1-point lead early Wednesday over incumbent Democrat Tim Johnson in South Dakota's U.S. Senate race.

Senate race tight in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- South Dakota's Senate race remained too close to call early Wednesday, but Gov. Bill Janklow won his bid for Congress and Republican Mike Rounds won his bid to replace Janklow in the governor's mansion.

Election 2002: SD race experience vs youth

PIERRE, S.D. -- Democrat Stephanie Herseth notes Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle was a year younger than she is when South Dakota voters first sent him to Washington. And the 31-year-old first-time candidate is hoping voters will opt for the younger

Big spender to run for Senate in N.J.

TRENTON, N.J., June 5 (UPI) -- A successful entrepreneur who spent several millions of dollars of his own money has become the Republican nominee in the effort to unseat U.S. Sen. Robert Torr

Politics: Toricelli fights for life

New Jersey Sen. Robert Toricelli is fighting for his political life in Tuesday's New Jersey primary and isn't shy about making his integrity a campaign issue de
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Actor Anthony Quinn (L) talks with Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-NV, and Sen. Larry Pressler, R-SD, at the 150th birthday party of the National Theatre on January 27, 1986. Quinn is currently at the National playing the lead in “Zorba.” (UPI Photo/Tim Clary/Files)
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Larry Lee Pressler (born March 29, 1942) is a U.S. Republican politician. He was the first Vietnam veteran to be elected to the United States Senate.

Born in Humboldt, South Dakota, Pressler is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Harvard Law School. He became a lawyer, and then served in the Vietnam War in the United States Army from 1966 until 1968. After serving for several years in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer he was elected to the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979. He was a Senator from South Dakota from 1979 to 1997, and was chairman of the Commerce Committee from 1995 to 1997.

In his first year as chairman of the Commerce Committee, Pressler authored and won overwhelming congressional and presidential approval of a sweeping reform of telecommunications legislations—the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Given the hostility of the powerful stakeholders in the communications and media industries, this law would probably not have happened but for Senator Pressler's long-time efforts, supported also by Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina, the ranking Democratic Senator. Pressler negotiated the compromises that gained the support of diverse industry groups in telecom, broadcasting, and cable TV, as well as of the Bill Clinton White House, state utility commissions, and public morality advocates. Only 5 Senators (including Sen. John McCain) and 20 Representatives voted against the law. The impact of the Act was felt immediately. Major firms sought new alliances, and consolidated into often larger entities.

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