About Sen. Alexander:
I’m a seventh generation Tennessean born in Maryville near where we live now. My father was an elementary school principal, and my mother was a kindergarten teacher.
I serve on committees overseeing education, clean air, highways, science, appropriations and the Tennessee Valley Authority. I am the only Tennessean ever popularly elected both governor and U.S. Senator.
I have been U.S. Education Secretary, University of Tennessee president, and professor at Harvard's School of Government. I chaired the National Governors' Association and President Reagan's Commission on Americans Outdoors. In private life, I helped found the nation's largest provider of worksite day care.
In my campaign for governor, I walked 1,000 miles across Tennessee in my now famous red and black plaid shirt. Once elected, I helped Tennessee become the third largest auto producer and the first state to pay teachers more for teaching well.
I am a classical and country pianist and the author of seven books, including Six Months Off, the story of my family's life in Australia after I was governor.
Honey and I married in 1969. We have four children and eight grandchildren, and a dog named Rufus.
More about me:
*I am the first Tennessean elected to consecutive four-year terms as governor.
*I started Tennessee's Governor's Schools for outstanding students.
*I am the first Tennessee Republican to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
*In 2006, the NCAA named me to the list of the "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes" in its 100-year history.
*I met Honey Buhler at a staff softball game when I worked for Sen. Howard H. Baker of Tennessee and she worked for Sen. John G. Tower of Texas.
*While clerking for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans I played trombone, tuba and washboard at night at "Your Father's Moustache" on Bourbon Street.
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