Trent Lott

Senior Fellow; Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
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Trent Lott is a BPC senior fellow, and he co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform and Energy Project. In 2007, Lott left Congress, where he worked on behalf of the people of the state of Mississippi for 35 years.

A champion of a strong national defense, he remains dedicated to encouraging economic growth and protecting Americans’ economic security by getting government off their backs and out of their pocketbooks. Seven presidents have known both his cooperation and his opposition—he has kept his country ahead of partisan and personal concerns.

As the House Republican whip in 1981, Lott forged the bipartisan alliance that enacted President Ronald Reagan’s economic recovery program and his national security initiatives.

Elected to the Senate in 1988, he was a member of the group of pro-growth stalwarts who opposed the tax increase forced on President George H.W. Bush in 1990. When he became the Senate’s 16th majority leader in 1996, Lott again put his coalition-building skills to the test and, along with House Speaker Newt Gingrich, enacted his historic welfare reform bill of 1996.

In 2006, Lott was elected Senate Republican whip for the second time in his career. He is the only member of Congress to hold this position in both the House and Senate.

After retiring from the Senate, Lott founded the Breaux Lott Leadership Group with former Senator John Breaux, a partnership offering strategic advice, consulting, and lobbying.