26 Facts About Phil Gramm

1. Phil Gramm is making a specific claim that seems difficult to justify.

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2. Phil Gramm is married to Wendy Lee Gramm, a native of Hawaii, who is associated with George Mason University's Mercatus Center in Virginia.

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3. Phil Gramm endorsed US Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 Republican presidential primary stating: "He's the best prepared on national security.

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4. On July 18, 2008 Phil Gramm stepped down from his position with the McCain campaign.

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5. Phil Gramm was co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign and his most senior economic adviser from the summer of 2007 until July 18, 2008.

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6. In 2002, Phil Gramm left his Senate seat a few weeks before the expiration of his term in hopes that his successor, fellow Republican John Cornyn, could gain seniority over other newly elected senators.

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7. Phil Gramm was one of five co-sponsors of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

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8. Phil Gramm defeated Victor Morales of Dallas in November 1996 to win what would be his final term in the Senate.

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9. Phil Gramm threw his support to senatorial colleague Robert J Dole of Kansas.

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10. Phil Gramm employed his "Dickey Flatt Test" to determine if federal programs were worthwhile.

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11. Phil Gramm won his second Senate term in 1990 with a victory over Democratic State Senator and former Fort Worth Mayor Hugh Parmer.

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12. In 1990, Phil Gramm failed in an effort to amend the Iraq International Law Compliance Act of 1990.

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13. Phil Gramm served on the Senate Budget Committee from 1989 until leaving office in 2003.

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14. Phil Gramm was the first US Senate candidate in the history of Texas to receive more than three million votes.

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15. In 1984, Phil Gramm was elected as a Republican to represent Texas in the US Senate.

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16. Phil Gramm became the first Republican to represent the district since its creation in 1846.

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17. Phil Gramm was reelected to his House seat as a Democrat in 1980.

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18. Phil Gramm received a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business in 1967.

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19. Phil Gramm attended public schools, graduated in 1961 from Georgia Military Academy, and graduated in 1964 from the University of Georgia.

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20. Phil Gramm was born on July 8, 1942 in Fort Benning, Georgia, and grew up in nearby Columbus.

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21. Phil Gramm was a senior economic adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.

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22. Phil Gramm became a lobbyist for UBS and founded a public policy and lobbying firm, Gramm Partners.

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23. Phil Gramm sought the presidential nomination in the 1996 Republican primaries but dropped out after the first set of primaries.

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24. Phil Gramm became a member of the Senate Banking Committee in 1999, serving as chairman until 2001.

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25. Phil Gramm won election to the United States Senate in 1984.

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26. Phil Gramm won election to the United States House of Representatives in 1978, becoming one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress.

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