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Jim Talent

  • Position Held:  No political office currently.   
  • Party:  Republican  
  • Home City & County:  Chesterfield, MO 
  • Education: Kirkwood High School, 1973; Washington University, St. Louis, B.A. political science; University of Chicago Law School, juris doctor, 1981   
  • Previous Elected Office:  Missouri House, 1984-1992 (served as Minority Leader during last two terms); U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd district, 1993-2001; narrowly defeated for Governor, 2000, by democratic State Treasurer Bob Holden. Narrowly defeated Sen. Jean Carnahan for U.S. Senate, 2002.  Defeated for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006 by Democrat State Auditor Claire McCaskill. 
  • Birth date & Place: October 18, 1956, Des Peres, MO 
  • Family: (Wife) Brenda, an attorney; children: Katie, Chrissy, and Michael 
  • Religion:  Presbyterian 
  • Occupation:  Attorney 
  • Work Experience:  Law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; adjunct professor, Washington University Law school; Washington lobbyist, Arent Fox. 



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