William Philip Gramm

Former Senator from Texas

William Philip Gramm

William Philip Gramm

Former Senator from Texas


PHIL GRAMM, of College Station, Texas, is 55 years old. He holds a Ph.D. in economics, the subject he taught at Texas A&M University where he was a respected author of numerous books and articles.

Phil Gramm first won election to the House of Representatives as a Democrat, but when the Democratic leadership stripped him of his House Budget Committee seat in retaliation for co-authoring the Reagan economic program, he resigned from Congress. He went home to Texas to run for his seat as a Republican and won re-election in a special election held on Lincoln's Birthday. He was the first Republican elected in the 100-year history of his district.

Sen. Gramm is beginning his third term in the Senate. In 1984, he ran for the United States Senate and won with more votes than any candidate for statewide office had ever received in the history of Texas. In 1990, he was re-elected with the highest percentage vote any Senate candidate had received in a Texas general election in more than 30 years.

The senator was described in the Atlantic Monthly as a man "who carries his own garment bag and does his own thinking," and the National Journal said that "he sparkles in a Senate that sometimes resembles a hundred blinking yellow lights." The Gramm legislative record includes such landmark bills as the Gramm-Latta Budgets which reduced federal spending, rebuilt national defense and mandated the Reagan tax cut. Those budgets launched an economic recovery that created 21 million new jobs and reinforced a policy of peace through strength that tore down the Berlin Wall and dissolved the Soviet Union. Two years later, he passed his Gramm-Rudman Act which cut the deficit by 40 percent before Congress repealed it. As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, he led the successful effort to restore a Republican majority in the Senate.

Phil Gramm's record of achievement also includes the first true effort to regain control of our borders by doubling the strength of the Border Patrol, as well as leading the fight to stop the Clinton Health Care Bill and authoring the key reforms of our welfare system. He is now working to rescue Medicare from bankruptcy and to win approval for the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

He is married to Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission under Presidents Reagan and Bush. They have two college-aged sons, Marshall and Jeff. The Gramms are Episcopalians.

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07/1942 - Fort Benning, GA



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Former Senator from Tennessee

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Former Chairman, Board of Directors at Texas Public Policy Foundation

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Commission Vice Chairman at Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

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Founder at Phoenix Communications Group, Inc.

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Attorney-at-Law at Law Offices of Deborah Steelman

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The Japan-US Friendship Commission

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Commissioner at National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare

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Former Governor of West Virginia

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Dean at Brandeis University - Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Chair, Department of Economics at Rhodes College

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College provides an outstanding liberal-arts education. The Rhodes experience combines the best of the classroom and the real world—through internships, service, research and other opportunities in Memphis and far beyond. Students learn, play and serve others with a determination to grow personally and to improve the quality of life within their communities. The collegiate-gothic campus sits on a 100-acre, wooded site in the heart of historic Memphis. In this beautiful, supportive environment, our students and faculty comprise a community unmatched in its dedication to learning and a life of honor both on and off campus. In fact, for more than a century, Rhodes has placed its Honor System at the forefront of student life

Former Chairman, Board of Directors at Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Foundation's mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach.

Doctorate in Economics
Class of 1967

The C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business is the business school at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The Terry College is the flagship business school in the state of Georgia and one of 17 schools and colleges at the oldest state-chartered public university in the country.[1] Consistently ranked among the nation's top business schools, the Terry College is home to several top 10 programs, including risk management and insurance, real estate, management information systems, and accounting, according to U.S. News & World Report and Public Accounting Report. All programs are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The University of Georgia was the first Southern university – and one of the first in the United States – to establish a school of business.

Class of 1964

When the University of Georgia was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly on January 27, 1785, Georgia became the first state to charter a state-supported university. In 1784 the General Assembly had set aside 40,000 acres of land to endow a college or seminary of learning. At the first meeting of the board of trustees, held in Augusta on February 13, 1786, Abraham Baldwin was selected president of the university. A native of Connecticut and a graduate of Yale University, Baldwin -- who had come to Georgia in 1784 -- drafted the charter adopted by the General Assembly. The university was actually established in 1801 when a committee of the board of trustees selected a land site. John Milledge, later a governor of the state, purchased and gave to the board of trustees the chosen tract of 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River in northeast Georgia. Josiah Meigs was named president of the university and work was begun on the first building, originally called Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin and now known as Old College. The university graduated its first class in 1804. The curriculum of traditional classical studies was broadened in 1843 to include courses in law, and again in 1872 when the university received federal funds for instruction in agriculture and mechanical arts. Seventeen colleges and schools, with auxiliary divisions, carry on the university’s programs of teaching, research, and service. These colleges and schools and the dates of their establishment as separate administrative units are: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 1801; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1859; School of Law, 1859; College of Pharmacy, 1903; D. B. Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1906; College of Education, 1908; Graduate School, 1910; C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, 1912; Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1915; College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1933; College of Veterinary Medicine, 1946; School of Social Work, 1964; College of Environment and Design, 1969; School of Public and International Affairs, 2001; the College of Public Health, 2005, the Odum School of Ecology, 2007 and the College of Engineering, 2012. The Division of General Extension, now the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel, was incorporated into the university in 1947. In 1931 the General Assembly of Georgia placed all state-supported institutions of higher education, including UGA, under the jurisdiction of a single board. This organization, known as the University System of Georgia, is governed by the board of regents. The board of regents’ executive officer, the chancellor, exercises a general supervisory control over all institutions of the University System, with each institution having its own executive officers and faculty.

Class of 1961

Woodward Academy is an American private company located in College Park, GA, that operates co-educational college and preparatory school.

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Professor of Economics
1967 - 1978

Texas A&M University (A&M or TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is the only national organization solely devoted to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate. The NRSC provides invaluable support and assistance to current and prospective Republican U.S. Senate candidates in the areas of budget planning, election law compliance, fundraising, communications tools and messaging, research and strategy.

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Senator from Maine

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Founding Member at Ice Miller Strategies LLC

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William Philip Gramm is affiliated with Office of the Senator from Texas, Phil Gramm, Texas A&M University

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