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Bob Kerrey

Personal data
Date of birthAugust 27, 1943(age 71)
Place of birthLincoln, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
ProfessionNaval officer, Politician, Restaurateur
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1966 - 1969
UnitSEAL Team 1
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsMedal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In officeJanuary 3, 1989 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byBen Nelson
Preceded byDavid K. Karnes
35th Governor of Nebraska
In officeJanuary 6, 1983 - January 9, 1987
LieutenantDonald McGinley
Succeeded byKay A. Orr
Preceded byCharles Thone

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Joseph Robert "Bob" Kerrey (born August 27, 1943) was the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and a U.S. Senator from Nebraska (1989 2001). Having served in the Vietnam War, earning the Medal of Honor for his actions, he moved into politics. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992. From 2001 to 2010, Kerrey served as president of The New School, a university in New York City. In May 2010, he was selected to become the head of the Motion Picture Association of America. But in July 2010, both Kerrey and the MPAA could not reach an agreement so he is no longer slated to be their president.


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