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Lloyd Bentsen, Jr.

Lloyd Bentsen, Jr.AKA Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr.

Born: 11-Feb-1921
Birthplace: Mission, TX
Died: 23-May-2006
Location of death: Houston, TX
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, TX

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator, Treasury Secretary

Military service: US Army Air Corps (1942-45, Major)

Lloyd Bentsen Jr. was fresh out of law school when he joined the Army in 1942. After WWII, he went into private practice as a lawyer, and became a county judge the next year. Yup, with one year of legal experience, he was a sitting judge at 25. Welcome to Texas.

Two years later, in 1948, Bentsen ran for Congress, and won. He was re-elected twice, then left Congress to run a financial holding company, and got rich. In 1970 he ran for Senate, and won, an office he held until 1993. He was a proponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and backed forming the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In 1988 he ran for re-election to the Senate while simultaneously running for Vice President on Michael Dukakis's ticket. In that Presidential campaign, 67-year-old Bentsen memorably demolished 41-year-old Dan Quayle in a televised debate, when the boyish Quayle was asked whether he was up to running the country, should anything happen to a presumed President George H.W. Bush.

QUAYLE: I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Senator Bentsen?
BENTSEN: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.

In 1993 and 1994, Bentsen was Secretary of the Treasury, which means his signature is on U.S. paper currency printed during that time. In 2000, PBS aired a 10-part miniseries called The American President, and Bentsen provided the voice for William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia less than a month after taking office as America's 9th President.

Father: Lloyd M. Bentsen, Sr.
Mother: Edna Ruth Colbath
Brother: Donald Bentsen Sr. (businessman, d. 7-Sep-2006 stroke/brain tumor)
Brother: Kenneth Bentsen
Sister: Betty Bentsen
Wife: Beryl Ann Longino (m. 27-Nov-1943, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Lloyd M. Bentsen III
Son: Lan Bentsen (real estate millionaire)
Daughter: Tina Bentsen Smith

    High School: Sharyland High School, Mission, TX
    Law School: JD, University of Texas at Austin (1942)

    US Secretary of the Treasury (1993-94)
    US Senator, Texas (1971-93)
    US Congressman, Texas 15th (4-Dec-1948 to 3-Jan-1955)
    Texas State Official County Judge, Hidalgo County, TX (1946-48)
    Alfalfa Club President (1989-90)
    Alfalfa Club 1974
    American Legion
    Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks
    Coalition for a Democratic Majority Advisory Board
    Friends of Hillary
    State Bar of Texas
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Sigma Nu Fraternity
    Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (1995-)
    Eagle Scout 1938
    Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
    Alfalfa Party candidate for US President
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 11-Aug-1999
    Stroke 1998:(two)

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