This week, Slate begins a series of short features explaining who the 2004 presidential candidates are, what they've said and done, and where they propose to take the country. The first installment summarizes each candidate's personal and professional background. Today's subject is Richard Gephardt.
Richard Andrew Gephardt
Web site: www.dickgephardt2004.com.
Age: 62 (born Jan. 31, 1941).
Highest grade completed: Law school (1965).
Political experience: Alderman, St. Louis (1971-1976); congressman, Missouri (1977-present); U.S. House Democratic leader (1989-2002).
Previous jobs: Lawyer in private practice (1965-1971).
Spouse: Jane Byrnes Gephardt.
Children: One adult son, two adult daughters.
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