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Encyclopedia > Dick Gephardt
Richard Andrew Gephardt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Missouri's 3rd district
Term of office:
January 3, 1977 - January 3, 2005
Political party:

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Preceded by: Leonor K. Sullivan
Succeeded by: Russ Carnahan
Born: January 31, 1941
St. Louis, Missouri

Richard Andrew "Dick" Gephardt (born January 31, 1941) is senior counsel at the global law firm DLA Piper and a former prominent American politician of the Democratic Party. Gephardt served as a U.S. Representative from Missouri from January 3, 1977, until January 3, 2005, and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. Previously, from 1989 to 1995 he was Majority Leader. He also run twice for Democratic nomination for U.S. President (in 1988 and 2004), but these attempt were unseccesful (in 1988 he lost to Michael Dukakis, and in 2004 to John Kerry). He was also mentioned as possibile Vice Presidential Nommine in 1988, 1992 and 2004. Leonor Kretzer Sullivan (born August 21, 1902 in St. ... Rep. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: Country United States State Missouri County Independent City Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area    - City 66. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... DLA Pipers new corporate logo as of 4 September 2006 DLA Piper (known until 5 September 2006 as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) is an international association of legal service providers. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives serves as floor leader of the opposition party, and is the minority counterpart to the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives acts as the leader of the party that has a majority control of the seats in the house (at least 218 of the 435 seats). ... For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Stanley Dukakis (born November 3, 1933) is an American Democratic politician, former Governor of Massachusetts, and a former presidential candidate, being the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. ... This article is 79 kilobytes or more in size. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

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Early life

Gephardt was born in St. Louis, Missouri into a working-class family to Louis Andrew Gephardt (a German American Teamster milkman) and Loreen Estelle Cassell, and graduated from the former Southwest High School in 1958. Gephardt is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his B.S. at Northwestern University in 1962 where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and earned his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: Country United States State Missouri County Independent City Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area    - City 66. ... German Americans are citizens of the United States of German ancestry. ... The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), formerly known by the name International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, is one of the largest labor unions in the United States. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and is also used as a title of a Scout who has achieved this honor. ... The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, is a special award, awarded only to Eagle Scouts, for distinguished service in his profession or to the community for a period of at least 25 years after earning his Eagle Scout rank. ... The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is an American Scouting organization, with some presence in other countries. ... A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, U.S.. Northwesterns main campus is a 240-acre (970,000 m²) parcel in Evanston, along the shore of Lake Michigan. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a first degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries, most notably the United States. ... An aerial view of the Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


In 1965, he was admitted to the Missouri bar. He then entered the Missouri Air National Guard, where he served until 1971. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The Missouri Air National Guard is composed of the 131st Fighter Wing, 139th Airlift Wing, 157th Air Operations Group, and the Headquarters Missouri Air National Guard. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


He and his wife Jane have three grown children, Matt, Katie, and Chrissy. His brother, Donald L. Gephardt, is the Dean of The College of Fine and Performing Arts at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Chrissy Gephardt is the daughter of 2004 American presidential candidate and Missouri representative Dick Gephardt. ... Rowan University is a public university located in Glassboro, New Jersey comprised of 43 buildings. ... Glassboro highlighted in Gloucester County. ...


Political career

Congressman Richard Gephardt at the DNC convention
Congressman Richard Gephardt at the DNC convention

He was Democratic committeeman for the 14th ward in St. Louis between 1968 and 1971, moving up to 14th ward alderman 1971-1976, as part of a group of young aldermen known informally as "The Young Turks." He was elected as a Democrat to the 95th succeeding Congress, and was repeatedly re-elected until he chose to not to run for re-election in 2004. Image File history File links Dick_Gephardt. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... An alderman is a member of a municipal legislative body in a town or city with many jurisdictions. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Seal of the U.S. Congress. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 1988 presidential election and then again in the 2004 presidential election . Gephardt ran hard and early in 1987/88 and finally started moving ahead in Iowa after running an ad that criticized what he thought were unfair trade barriers by Korea and Japan. Gephardt won the Iowa Caucuses and South Dakota primary in February, but ran out of money and dropped out after losing badly in the March "Super Tuesday" primaries. An ad aired by the campaign of Governor Michael Dukakis focussed on Gephardt's "filp-flopping" voting record, and showed a Gephardt look alike doing forward and backward flips for the camera. Many felt that the ad killed any chance Gephardt had of winning. Dukakis did consider picking Gephardt to be his running mate, but he instead chose Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen. The election was held on November 8, 1988. ... Presidential election results map. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Since 1976, the Iowa caucus has been the first indication of which candidate for President of the United States would win the nomination of his or her political party at that partys national convention. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In the United States, Super Tuesday commonly refers to a Tuesday in early March of a presidential election year. ... Michael Stanley Dukakis (born November 3, 1933) is an American Democratic politician, former Governor of Massachusetts, and a former presidential candidate, being the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. ... Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr. ...


He was Democratic leader in the House from 1989 to 2003, serving as majority leader from 1989 to 1995 (101st through 103rd Congresses) and minority leader from 1995 to 2003 (104th through 107th Congresses). Gephardt's successor as House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, endorsed his bid for president. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives acts as the leader of the party that has a majority control of the seats in the house (currently at least 218 of the 435 seats). ... The Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives serves as floor leader of the opposition party, and is the minority counterpart to the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. ... Representative Nancy Pelosi Nancy Patricia DAlesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. ...


2004 campaign for President

He announced his second run for President on January 5, 2003, dropping out a year later after his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucus. Gephardt was seen by many as too old fashioned and unelectable, and his support of the Iraq War resolution hurt him among liberal activists. Gephardt promoted a form of universal health care, and was supported by a dozen labor unions, but did not have enough support to receive the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. Although Gephardt was ahead in Iowa throughout early 2004, Vermont Governor Howard Dean pulled ahead in the polls by August, his campaign fuled by anti war activists. The Gephardt campaign was embarassed by an early August St Louis Post-Dispatch article that revealed that 11 of 33 "Gephardt team leaders" listed on his Iowa campaign's web site were actually supporting other candidates or neutral. The race between Gephardt and Dean became negative, and took an ugly turn in October when a Gephardt staffer reportedley pushed a Dean staffer out of a meeting while calling him a "faggot". Dean chairman Joe Trippi (who worked for Gephardt in '88) and Gephardt chairman Steve Murphy became involved in a war of words over that incident. In the final days of the campaign, both Dean and Gephardt faded and finished third and fourth, respectively. Presidential election results map. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the United States, the 2004 Iowa Democratic caucuses (held January 19) were the first major test of some of the leading contenders for the Democratic Partys nomination as its candidate for the 2004 presidential election. ... American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly AFL-CIO, is Americas largest federation of unions, made up of 53 national and international (including Canadian) unions, together representing over 9 million workers. ... Howard Brush Dean III (born November 17, 1948) is an American politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont. ... The St. ... Joe Trippi is the worlds foremost authority on Diet Pepsi, a fact that dismays the Cocal Cola company to no end. ... The current version of this biographical article or section reads like a résumé. Image:29Murphy. ...


Although he dropped out of the running for President, Gephardt was mentioned as a possible running mate for John Kerry. On March 7, 2004, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, seen as a strong possibility for the position himself, endorsed Gephardt for the Vice Presidency. "I think he's the best candidate," Richardson said of Gephardt in an interview with the Associated Press. "There's a good regional balance with Kerry and Gephardt." Nevertheless, Kerry announced that he had chosen John Edwards as his running mate on July 6, 2004. (Interestingly, on that same day, the New York Post published an incorrect headline stating that Gephardt had become Kerry's running mate.) Shortly after this false story broke, the headline was compared to the 1948 "Dewey defeats Truman" front page of the Chicago Tribune, which falsely reported the presidential election results of that year. This article is 79 kilobytes or more in size. ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (67th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... New Mexico was the 41st satate to be admitted to the us. ... William Blaine Bill Richardson (born November 15, 1947) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... This article is about the American attorney and politician. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest[citation needed] newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Thomas Edmund Dewey (March 24, 1902 – March 16, 1971) was the Governor of New York (1943-1955) and the Republican candidate for the U.S. Presidency in two elections (1944 and 1948), losing both times. ... For the victim of Mt. ... The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Political views

Since his election to the U.S. House in 1976, Gephardt's political views gradually moved to the left. Originally, Gephardt was strongly anti-abortion and was viewed as a social conservative. His views on abortion shifted to pro-choice in late 1986. The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... Social conservatism is a belief in traditional morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society, often through civil law or regulation. ... It has been suggested that Anti-abortion movement be merged into this article or section. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

"Life is the division of human cells, a process that begins with conception. The (Supreme Court's abortion) ruling was unjust, and it is incumbent on the Congress to correct the injustice." Gephardt wrote in 1984, "I have always been supportive of pro-life legislation. I intend to remain steadfast on this issue.... I believe that the life of the unborn should be protected at all costs."

However in 1987, when Gephardt decided to run for president, he announced that he had discontinued his support for pro-life legislation. He informed the National Right to Life Committee; "I now do not support any Constitutional amendment pertaining to the legality of abortion." Cells in culture, stained for keratin (red) and DNA (green). ... The term conception can refer to more than one meaning: Concept Fertilisation This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The supreme court in some countries, provinces, and states, functions as a court of last resort whose rulings cannot be challenged. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term right to life is a political term used in controversies over various issues that involve the taking of a life (or what is perceived to be a life). ... A constitutional amendment is an alteration to the constitution of a nation or a state. ...


Gephardt's views on economic policy have also changed. He voted for President Reagan's tax cuts in 1981; in the 2000s, however, he became a staunch opponent of similar tax cuts by President George W. Bush, saying that the enormous surplus created during the administration of Bill Clinton should have been spent on health care instead. Gephardt is widely viewed as an economic populist. He supports universal health coverage, fair trade, and progressive taxation. Although a former chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, Gephardt in his later years in Congress distanced himself from the organization, finding his pro-labor views at odds with the DLC's pro-business positions. Order: 40th President Term of Office: January 20, 1981–January 20, 1989 Preceded by: Jimmy Carter Succeeded by: George H.W. Bush Date of birth: February 6, 1911 Place of birth: Tampico, Illinois Date of death: June 5, 2004 Place of death: Los Angeles, California First Lady: Nancy Reagan... A tax cut is a reduction in the rate of tax charged by a government, for example on personal or corporate income. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American businessman and politician, was elected in 2000 as the 43rd President of the United States of America, re-elected in 2004, and is currently serving his second term in that office. ... Surplus means the quantity left over, after conducting an activity; the quantity which has not been used up, and can refer to: budget surplus, the opposite of a budget deficit economic surplus Surplus product or surplus value in Marxian economics physical surplus in the economic theory of Piero Sraffa Operating... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Health care or healthcare is the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical, nursing, and allied health professions [1]. The organised provision of such services may constitute a healthcare system. ... Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... A progressive tax, or graduated tax, is a tax that is larger as a percentage of income for those with larger incomes. ... In politics, centrism usually refers to the political ideal of promoting moderate policies which land in the middle ground between different political extremes. ... The Democratic Leadership Council is a non-profit corporation[1] that argues that the United States Democratic Party should shift away from traditionally populist positions. ...


Retirement

On January 3, 2005, Gephardt's three-decade political career ended with the expiration of his fourteenth term in the House of Representatives. The Hill reported that Gephardt was close to signing a contract to work for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. Gephardt joined the international law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP as Senior Counsel in June 2005. http://www.dlapiper.com/dick_gephardt/. Though known as one of Congress's less affluent members, Gephardt is expected to collect approximately $5 million in benefits over the course of his expected lifetime. January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Goldman Sachs offices at the Fraumünsterplatz in Zürich (the light-colored building on the left) The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ...


Quotes

"I never felt it was inevitable that we had to go to war." — on the invasion of Iraq.
"It’s a great day for our troops, for this administration, for the people of Iraq. My hope is that this will decrease the violence our troops will have to face." — on the capture of Saddam Hussein.
"I want to say a special thank you to every member of every labor union in this country who has stood by my side ... throughout my career. Your fight is my fight, and it will always be that way." — conceding defeat after winning no delegates in the Iowa Democratic caucus of 2004.
"Politics is a substitute for violence." — at the 2004 Missouri Democratic Convention
"This president is a miserable failure on foreign policy and on the economy and he's got to be replaced." — in a presidential debate on September 4, 2003

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Preceded by:
Leonor K. Sullivan
United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri
1977–2005
Succeeded by:
Russ Carnahan
Preceded by:
Tom Foley
House Majority Leader
1989–1995
Succeeded by:
Dick Armey
Preceded by:
Robert H. Michel
House Minority Leader
1995–2003
Succeeded by:
Nancy Pelosi
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Dick Gephardt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1372 words)
Richard Andrew "Dick" Gephardt (born January 31, 1941) is senior counsel at the global law firm DLA Piper and a former prominent American politician of the Democratic Party.
Gephardt served as a U.S. Representative from Missouri from January 3, 1977, until January 3, 2005, and Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.
Gephardt is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
CNN.com - Gephardt: U.S. should focus on 'root causes' of terrorism - Jan. 13, 2004 (558 words)
Dick Gephardt took on the Bush administration Tuesday, tying the nation's foreign relations strategy to its economic policies and warning that alienation of other democratic nations would seriously damage America's ability to be a world leader.
Gephardt, the Missourian seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that the United States should look beyond a simplistic good guy-bad guy world view and address the "root causes" of terrorism.
Gephardt also defended his vote to give Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq, saying that he believed the intelligence he was given at the time and adding that if the intelligence was wrong, then the process that gathered it needs to be fixed.
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