DASCHLE, Thomas Andrew



DASCHLE, Thomas Andrew, a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Aberdeen, S. Dak. on December 9, 1947; attended private and public schools; graduated South Dakota State University 1969; served in the United States Air Force 1969-1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978 and reelected to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1987); elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1986; reelected in 1992 and 1998 and served from January 3, 1987, to January 3, 2005; co-chair, Democratic Policy Committee, Democratic Conference (1989-1999); minority leader and Democratic caucus chairman (1995-June 6, 2001; 2003-2005); majority leader and Democratic caucus chairman (June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2004; nominated by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2009, nomination subsequently withdrawn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

New York University
John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress

New York, NY
Oral History: October 19, 2006.18 pages. Interview for Reflections Project: Departing Members of Congress Assess the Institution. Transcript available on-line at www.nyu.edu/brademas/resources/research.html.

South Dakota State University
Archives and Special Collections

Brookings, SD
Papers: 1949-2006 (bulk 1978-2004) 685 linear feet.Contains material related to his professional career in Congress including records, correspondence, photographs, moving images, and artifacts. Material consists of both paper and digital records. This collection is arranged into seven series: U.S. House of Representatives Papers, U.S. Senate Papers, Personal Papers, Subject Files, Still Images, Artifacts, and Moving Images. The U.S. House of Representatives papers, 1964-1992 (bulk 1978-1986) include campaign files and voting record, 12 books containing voting record, sponsorships, and summaries of committee and subcommittee records from 1979 to 1986; U.S. Senate papers, 1964-2006 (bulk 1984-2004) include trip schedules and files that contain quite a few of Daschle's "Trip Notes" regarding details of the trip and issues that he wanted his staff to address; files on the Whitewater investigation; Veterans Issues; Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Water Projects; South Dakota Governor Mickelson accident and aviation issues; Speeches; Daschle sponsored and cosponsored legislation; Administrative files including financial disclosures, appointments and schedules; and Personal papers. Subject Files, 1971-2004 (bulk 1983-1999) composed of files related to Agent Orange and veterans affairs; the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton; Still Images; Artifacts; Framed or hanging items; Three-dimension items; Moving Images. Portions of the collection are closed. Researchers are advised to contact the repository for details. Finding aid available online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Daschle, Tom, with Charles Robbins. The U.S. Senate: Fundamentals of American Government. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2013.

Daschle, Tom, with David Nather. Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform. St. Martin's Press, 2010.

Daschle, Tom, with Michael D'Orso. Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years that Changed America Forever. New York: Crown Publishers, 2003.

Daschle, Tom, with Scott S. Greenberger and Jeanne M. Lambrew. Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.

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