Tom Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969. Following completion of his military service, Senator Daschle served on the staff of Senator James Abourezk. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and eight years later became its Democratic Leader. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic Leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure, Senator Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges.
Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in healthcare through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and has emerged as a leading thinker on climate change and renewable energy policy. His most recent book, Getting it Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Healthcare Reform, was published in October 2010.
In January 2012, Daschle was named along with former Senator Dr. Bill Frist to the advisory board of ZocDoc, an online booking startup for healthcare professionals dedicated to enhancing patient convenience and empowerment to improve overall health. He is also a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health, in addition to the Global Policy Advisory Council for the Health Worker Migration Initiative. He is a member of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, the GE healthymagination Advisory Board, the National Integrated Foodsystem Advisory Board, and the Committee on Collaborative Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Today, Senator Daschle is a senior policy advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper where he provides clients with strategic advice on public policy issues such as climate change, energy, healthcare, trade, financial services and telecommunications.
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