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A Short Bio of Thomas Daschle

Issue: "Who is Tom Daschle?," Oct. 12, 2002
  • Born Dec. 9. 1947
  • Graduated from South Dakota State University, B.A. (1969)
  • Served as Intelligence officer in U.S. Strategic Air Force Command, 1969-1972
  • Served as legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. James Abourezk (1972-1977)
  • Elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1978; seved until 1986
  • Married Linda Hall Daschle; three children from previous marriage to Laurie Klinkel, whom he divorced in 1983
  • Elected to U.S. Senate in 1986
  • Became Senate Majority Leader in 2001

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