Blanche Lincoln

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Blanche Lincoln
U.S. Senior Senator, Arkansas
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Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 3)

January 6, 1999
Serving with Mark Pryor

Preceded by Dale Bumpers
Committees
Born September 30, 1960
Spouse Dr. Steve Lincoln
Religion Episcopalian


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Blanche Lambert Lincoln (born September 30, 1960) is the Democratic senior United States Senator from the State of Arkansas. She was the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Senate when she was elected in 1998 at the age of 38; as of 2007, she is also the youngest Senior Senator in the Senate. She is the second woman elected to the Senate from Arkansas after Hattie Caraway, who served 14 years in the senate.

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Background

Blanche Lambert was born in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas. After graduating she took a job as staff assistant to 1st District Congressman Bill Alexander and served in his office until 1984. Lambert defeated her former boss in the Democratic primary of 1992 and took his seat in the House. She was reelected to a second term under her married name, Blanche Lincoln, and served in the House of Representatives until 1997. Lincoln did not stand for reelection in 1996 because of her pregnancy.

In 1998, Lincoln returned to politics and ran for the Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Democrat Dale Bumpers. She defeated her Republican opponent, Fay Boozman, by a margin of 55%-42%.

Member of the following Senate Committees:

  • Committee on Finance
  • Special Committee on Aging
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • Social Security Task Force
  • Rural Health Caucus
  • Senate New Democrat Coalition

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Portions of this document were copied from Wikipedia, from the entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanche_Lincoln

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