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Sam Nunn
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U.S. Senator
    (September 8, 1938- )
    Born in Macon, Georgia
    US Senator from Georgia (1972-97)
    Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee (1987-95)
    Grandnephew of Representative Carl Vinson
    He got in a car accident while driving drunk (1964).
    He was a leading opponent of President Bill Clinton’s efforts to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.
    Representative Barney Frank said, ‘Sam Nunn actually fired two men at two different points from his staff when he found out they were gay. Geez, even some of the right-wing Republicans wouldn’t do that.’
    He was reportedly on the short list of potential running mates for both John Kerry (2004) and Barack Obama (2008), but was passed over each time.
    He was captain of his high school basketball team and led them to the state championship.
    He has been married to Colleen O’Brien for over 50 years.
    The Almanac of American Politics wrote, ‘He is thoughtful, candid and never given to cheap shots.’
    He and Senator Richard Lugar wrote the legislation to create the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which deactivated 7,600 nuclear warheads in the former Soviet Union.

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