29 Facts About Tom Daschle


Thomas Andrew Tom Daschle is an American politician and lobbyist who served as a United States senator from South Dakota from 1987 to 2005.

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Tom Daschle was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, and was nominated by President-elect Obama for the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services after the 2008 election.

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Tom Daschle is currently working for The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, a large law firm and lobbying group.

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Tom Daschle grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family, the eldest of four brothers.

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Tom Daschle became the first person in his family to graduate from college when he earned a B A from the Department of Political Science at South Dakota State University in 1969.

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From 1969 to 1972, Tom Daschle served in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer with the Strategic Air Command.

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Tom Daschle served four terms in the House of Representatives and quickly became a part of the Democratic leadership.

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In 1986, Daschle was elected to the U S Senate in a close victory over incumbent Republican James Abdnor.

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Tom Daschle recounted his senate experiences from 2001 to 2003 in his first book, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever, published in 2003.

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In October 2001, while he was the Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle's office received a letter containing anthrax, becoming a target of the 2001 anthrax attacks.

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In 1999 and 2003, Tom Daschle voted in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortion, and supported legislation making it a crime to harm an unborn child when someone attacks a pregnant woman.

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In 2003, Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Carlson reportedly wrote to Tom Daschle, criticizing his stance on abortion as conflicting with Roman Catholic teaching, and stating that Tom Daschle should no longer identify himself as a Catholic.

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Tom Daschle was recruited by the former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

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Tom Daschle was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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In 2003, Tom Daschle received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member Senator Bill Frist.

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In May 2011, Tom Daschle was further honored with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Northern State University in his hometown of Aberdeen.

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In late September 2005, Tom Daschle caught the attention of the media by reactivating his political action committee, changing its name from DASHPAC to New Leadership for America PAC and procuring a speaking slot at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner.

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Tom Daschle continued to keep a relatively high-profile among Democratic interest groups.

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Tom Daschle is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law.

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Tom Daschle served as vice chair of the board of directors of National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

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Tom Daschle is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.

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Tom Daschle is the co-chair of the national advisory board at the National Institute for Civil Discourse .

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In 2019, Tom Daschle was named to the advisory board of Northern Swan Holdings Inc, a cannabis investment firm.

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Tom Daschle has been a paid consultant and advisor to Hindery's InterMedia Partners since 2005, during which time he received from Hindery access to a limousine and chauffeur.

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Tom Daschle reportedly did not declare this service on his annual tax forms as required by law.

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Tom Daschle co-wrote the 2008 book Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.

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Key element of the single-payer plan that Tom Daschle and his co-authors propose in the book is a new "Federal Health Board" that would establish the framework and fill in the details.

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Tom Daschle has been married to Linda Hall, who was Miss Kansas in 1976, since 1984, one year after his marriage to his first wife, Laurie, later-U.

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Tom Daschle has three children from his first marriage: Kelly, Nathan, and Lindsay.

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