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Bill Frist, MD Biography

Title:
Former U.S. Senator (R-TN) and Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Today’s ruling by Judge Karlton is disturbing. The Pledge of Allegiance instills in our nation’s youngest citizens an appreciation of the overriding values of freedom and justice upon which our nation was founded. The pledge has long provided an opportunity for students to recognize, respect and honor our nation’s heritage and the unique rights and responsibilities they have as American citizens. I strongly disagree with today’s ruling and hope it will be immediately appealed and ultimately overturned.”

Press Release, Sep. 14, 2005

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Volunteer Political Action Committee (VOLPAC)
  • Board of Trustees, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2003-present
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations, 2002-present
  • Advisory Board, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2001-present
  • Board of Directors, National Endowment for Democracy, 2001-present
  • Co-Chair, Harvard Medical School, Advisory Council for the Department of Health Care Policy, 2001-present
  • Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution, 1999-present
  • Majority Leader, United States Senate, 2003-2007
  • U.S. Senator (R-TN), 1994-2007
  • Dr. Nathan Davis Award, American Medical Association, 2004
  • Spirit of Enterprise, the United States Chamber of Commerce, 2004
  • Co-Chair, Republican National Convention, 2000
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1986-1993
  • Director, Heart and Heart-Lung Transplantation Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1986-1993
  • Staff Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital, 1986-1993
  • Deputy Director, Tennessee Bush-Quayle Campaign, 1992
Education:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1978
  • BA, Princeton University, 1974
Other:
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