Lamar Alexander is a Senator from Tennessee. Born in Maryville, TN, in 1940, he earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1962 and his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1965. He was governor of Tennessee from 1979-1987 and chairman of the National Governors Association from 1985-1986. He also served as U.S. secretary of education from 1991-1993. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. He chaired the Republican Conference (2008-2012) and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (114th Congress).