Lamar (Lamar) Alexander (R)
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Capitol: 202.224.4944
FAX: 202.228.3398
District: 423.752.5337
District FAX: 423.752.5342
Room 455 DSOB- Dirksen Senate Office Building 100 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4206

Residence: Nashville, TN
Elected: 2002    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Leslee (Honey) Buhler   DOB: 7/3/1940
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
ChairmanTennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
FC MemberSenate Nuclear Waste Cleanup Caucus
FC MemberSenate Friends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberFormer Governors Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Laboratory Caucus
FC MemberSenate Auto Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Rules and Administration
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Department of Defense
FC MemberSenate Community College Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on National Parks
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Water and Power
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Children and Families
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


In 2016, the nation's governors created the James Madison Award to recognize members of Congress who support federalism and the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing states' rights. The governors named Sen. Lamar Alexander as the first-ever recipient of the award for his work to fix No Child Left Behind. The new education law Alexander worked to pass was signed by the president in December 2015. The Wall Street Journal called it "the largest devolution of federal power to the states in a quarter century." In 2013, the National Conference of State Legislatures gave Sen. Alexander and three other senators its "Restoring the Balance" Award for protecting states' rights, the first time in 10 years the organization gave this award to U.S. senators.

Alexander, a seventh-generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville, was twice elected governor of Tennessee. He has always believed that in most cases the best decisions are made by those closest to the people. Today, Alexander chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Alexander is also chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, where he works to boost funding for basic energy research and invest in our inland waterways and harbors.

Alexander was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and has been re-elected twice. His Republican colleagues elected him three times to be chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He has previously served as president of the University of Tennessee and as U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush.

He is a classical and country pianist and the author of seven books.

Lamar Alexander and his wife Honey have four children and nine grandchildren and a dog named Rufus.

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