Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr

Picture of Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr

Date of Birth: 02/11/1921

Age: 85

Place of birth: Mission

Citizenship: United States


After graduating from the University of Texas School of Jurisprudence in 1942 he entered the US Army until early 1944 he worked in the intelligence service in Brazil, and then - the Air Force pilot in Italy. He served until the end of the war, he was awarded, promoted to the rank of Major and commanded aviaeskadronom. After the war, Bentsen was in 1947 was elected to the House of Representatives, where he remained for four terms until 1955, after which he worked in the financial sector in Houston, in 1970 he became president of Lincoln Consolidated Holding. In the same year, Bentsen was elected a candidate for the Senate from the Democrats, resigned from all positions.

In 1971, Bentsen was elected senator from Texas, defeating George HW Bush, was re-elected in 1976, 1982, 1988. In 1976, Bentsen was fighting for the nomination of the Democratic Party in the presidential election, but lost to Jimmy Carter, the president-elect. In 1984 he was one of the possible candidates for the post of vice-president in a pair with Walter Mondale, but was elected to Geraldine Ferraro.

In 1988, presidential candidate Michael Dukakis offered Bentsonu in the vice-presidential candidate. However, the victory was gained by Republican George HW Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle became. During the debate with Quayle before this election opponent Bentsen said the famous phrase: "You are not Jack Kennedy, Senator."

In 1993-1994 Bentsen, leaving the Senate, he served as Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration. In 1998, Bentsen suffered two strokes and died eight years later. His political platform was moderate: for he was liberal in matters of abortion, but argued for the death penalty.