Daschle, Tom

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  • Best known as U.S. Senate majority leader (2001–2003), Tom Daschle (1947–) is a former U.S. representative and senator from South Dakota and former Senate minority leader (1995–2001; 2003–2005). Daschle is one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history, overseeing President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial and managing the Senate response to both the September 11 attacks and the anthrax attack on his office a month later. He was defeated in 2004 in his senatorial bid for reelection.

    Thomas Andrew “Tom” Daschle was born December 9, 1947, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He grew up in a working-class Catholic family and was the first in his family to graduate from college, with a BA degree in political science from South Dakota State University. During college, Daschle was ...

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