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Another Bentsen runs for Senate

EL PASO, Texas, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Rep. Ken Bentsen, the nephew of former senator and treasury secretary Lloyd Bentsen, stressed his congressional experience and record Tuesday in his first campa

Another Bentsen campaigns for Senate

EL PASO, Texas, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Rep. Ken Bentsen, the nephew of former senator and treasury secretary Lloyd Bentsen, stressed experience Tuesday in his first campaign stop since announcing as

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Dallas mayor to run for senate

DALLAS, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- After six years in office, Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk resigned Wednesday to run for the Senate. Kirk, the city's first black mayor, will join a crowded field expected to seek the Democratic nomination in Texas for Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, seat.
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Lloyd Bentsen
WAP99081105 - 11 AUGUST 1999 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen gloats after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House, August 11. Bentsen was President Clinton's first Secretary of Treasury and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1948 to 1954. In 1970 he began a 22-year term in the U.S. Senate. iw/Ian Wagreich UPI

Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr. (February 11, 1921 – May 23, 2006) was a four-term United States senator (1971 until 1993) from Texas and the Democratic Party nominee for Vice President in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket. He also served in the House of Representatives from 1949 to 1955. In his later political life, he was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. Treasury Secretary during the early years of the Clinton administration.

Bentsen was born in Mission in Hidalgo County in south Texas; his parents were Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Sr., a first-generation Danish American, and the former Edna Ruth Colbath. Bentsen was an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1942 where he was a member of the Texas Cowboys. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. After brief service as a private in intelligence work in Brazil, he became a pilot and in early 1944 began flying World War II combat missions in B-24s from southern Italy with the 449th Bomb Group. At the age of 23, he was promoted to the rank of major and given command of a squadron of 600 men, overseeing the operations of 15 bombers, their crews, and maintenance units.

In fifteen months of combat, Bentsen flew thirty-five missions against many heavily defended targets including the Ploesti oil fields in Romania, which were critical to the Nazi war production. The 15th Air Force, to which the 449th Bomb Group was assigned, is credited with destroying all of the petroleum production within its range, which equated to about half of Germany's sources of fuel on the continent. Major Bentsen's unit also flew against communications centers, aircraft factories and industrial targets in Germany, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Bentsen participated in bombing raids in support of the Anzio campaign and flew bombers against hard targets in preparation for the landing in southern France.

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