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Max Cleland

Personal data
Date of birthAugust 24, 1942(age 74)
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materStetson University
Emory University
ReligionMethodist
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1965-1968
RankCaptain
Unit2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Battles/warsVietnam War *Battle of Khe Sanh
AwardsSilver Star
Bronze Star
Soldier's Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission
Assumed officeJune 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJohn R. Nicholson
as Secretary
In officeJanuary 7, 1997 - January 3, 2003
Succeeded byC. Saxby Chambliss
Preceded bySam Nunn
23rd Secretary of State of Georgia
In office1983 - 1997
GovernorJoe Frank Harris
Zell Miller
Succeeded byLewis Massey
Preceded byDavid Poythress
10th Administrator of the United States Veterans Affairs
In office1977 - 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Succeeded byRobert P. Nimmo
Preceded byRichard L. Roudebush
Member of the Georgia State Senate
In office1971 - 1975

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Joseph Maxwell Cleland (born August 24, 1942) is an American politician from Georgia. Cleland, a Democrat, is a disabled US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat, and a former U.S. Senator. From 2003 to 2007, he served on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a presidentially appointed position. He is currently the secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Cleland is the last Democrat from Georgia to serve a full term in the United States Senate.


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