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Chester Trent Lott, Sr. (1941 - )

U.S. Senator from Mississippi

Trent Lott is a familiar name in government because of his dedicated leadership in America.

He is the Senate's 16th Majority Leader, a position he was elevated to seven and a half years following his election to the Senate. A native of Mississippi, he began his political career in 1968 as Administrative Assistant to a U.S. Representative.

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972 and served until 1988, when he was elected to the first of his two terms in the Senate.

He has the unique distinction of being the first person to be elected to the position of Whip in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

A Brother Mason and Noble of Joppa Shrine Temple, he also has been a strong supporter of Shriners Hospitals, helping in recent months to support our legislative efforts to restore much-needed stricter standards for children's sleepwear.

The respect shown Senator Lott by his colleagues in both the House and Senate is reflected by the leadership positions to which he has been elected. In 1979, he was elected Chairman of the House Republican Research Committee, the fifth ranking Republican leadership position in the House. In 1980 he was elected Republican Whip, the second ranking Republican leadership position. The first Southerner to be elected to that position, he was re-elected to the post three times.

In the Senate, Senator Lott continued his leadership service as Secretary of the Senate Republican Conference. In 1995, he was elected Senate Majority Whip.

Senator Lott has won the admiration of his constituents with his service to Mississippians. A June 1995 Political/Media Research Inc. poll asked the constituents of 89 sitting Senators (the 11 freshmen were not included) how they rated the job performance of their Senator. Senator Lott received a 75 percent positive rating from Mississippians, earning him the second best constituent ranking in the Senate.

In the Senate, Lott serves on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Rules Committee.

He was born October 9, 1941, in Grenada County, Mississippi, and the son of a sharecropper farmer turned shipyard worker and a schoolteacher. He received his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degree in 1963 and his Juris Doctorate in 1967 from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He is married to Patricia (Tricia) Thompson Lott, originally of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Their daughter Tyler and her husband, Matt Armstrong, live in Jackson, Mississippi.

Their son Chet and his wife Diane reside in Lexington, Kentucky. On June 20, 1998, Chet and Diane presented the Lotts with their first grandchild, Chester Trent Lott III.