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Photo courtesy Tom Daschle

Former US Senator and Senate Majority Leader (D-South Dakota), United States Senate

Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2008

Tom Daschle is a policy advisor, lobbyist, former US Senator from South Dakota, and former US Senate Majority Leader. He is a member of the Democratic Party. A South Dakota native, Daschle obtained a degree at South Dakota State University, and also served in the US Air Force. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and served four terms. In 1986, he was elected to the Senate, becoming minority leader in 1994. Defeated for re-election in 2004, he took a position as a policy advisor with a lobbying firm, and also became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.


He 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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