Republican who resigned as U.S. Senator from Mississippi in 2007 after first taking office in 1989. He was the Senate Majority Leader from 1996 to 2001.
He earned a public administration and law degree from the University of Mississippi, Oxford.
He held his first political office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for fifteen years.
He has two sons, Chester and Tyler, with wife Patricia Thompson.
He revealed that George W. Bush influenced his resignation in his memoir Herding Cats: A Life in Politics.