Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader (D-SD); Co-founder, BPC
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Tom Daschle is a BPC co-founder, and he co-chairs BPC’s Health Project.
In 1978, Daschle 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. Daschle was 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, Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges. In 2003, he chronicled some of these experiences in his book Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed America Forever.
Today, 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, health care, trade, financial services, and telecommunications. Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in health care through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform. His most recent book, The U.S. Senate: Fundamentals of American Government, was published in January 2013. Daschle has continued to lead on climate change and renewable energy, as well as a variety of other public policy challenges.