James Talent

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James Matthes Talent was the incumbent conservative Republican Representative and later Senator from Missouri who lost his Senate re-election bid in the 2006 midterm election to democrat Claire McCaskill. Talent was a hawkish supporter of the Republcian War in Iraq.


Talent in Quotes

  • "It was not for lack of support and vigor from you. You did a very good job, but the headwind was very stiff this year." Source: Susan Saulny. "McCaskill Claims Narrow Win in Missouri." The New York Times. November 8, 2006.


Talwnt was born on October 18, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri.



  • Law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 1982-1983.
  • adjunct professor, Washington University School of Law 1984-1986.

Political background

  • Missouri State House of Representatives, 1985-1993.
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-2001.
    • chairman, Committee on Small Business (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses)
  • unsuccessful candidate for Missouri Governor in 2000
  • elected to the U.S. Senate in the November 4, 2002, special election to the term ending January 3, 2007, a seat previously held by appointed Senator Jean Carnahan, and took office on November 25, 2002.

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