Wyche Fowler

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Wyche Fowler
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United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byMack F. Mattingly
Succeeded byPaul D. Coverdell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 5th district
In office
April 6, 1977 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byAndrew Young
Succeeded byJohn Lewis
22nd United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
In office
September 14, 1996 – March 1, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byRay Mabus
Succeeded byRobert W. Jordan
Personal details
Born( 1940-10-06) October 6, 1940 (age 73)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDavidson College
Emory University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1963-1964
 
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Wyche Fowler
Wyche Fowler.PNG
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byMack F. Mattingly
Succeeded byPaul D. Coverdell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 5th district
In office
April 6, 1977 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byAndrew Young
Succeeded byJohn Lewis
22nd United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
In office
September 14, 1996 – March 1, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byRay Mabus
Succeeded byRobert W. Jordan
Personal details
Born( 1940-10-06) October 6, 1940 (age 73)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDavidson College
Emory University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1963-1964

William Wyche Fowler, Jr. (born October 6, 1940) is an American politician and ambassador. He is a member of the Democratic Party and served as U.S. Senator from Georgia from January 1987 to January 1993. He had previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 until his senatorial election.

Early life and career[edit]

Fowler was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Davidson College, and then entered the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer. After discharge, he returned to school to earn a law degree from Emory University School of Law.

From 1965 to 1966, he became the chief of staff for Congressman Charles Weltner, and after holding this post for two years, he resigned to become a private attorney. From 1974 to 1977, he served as an Atlanta City Councilman, and he used this position as a stepping stone to the House.

Congressional service[edit]

On April 5, 1977 he was elected in a special election to the U.S. House of Representatives to fill the vacancy caused by Andrew Young's resignation.

In 1986, as a U.S. Representative, Fowler narrowly defeated the incumbent Republican Senator Mack Mattingly. Fowler served as the junior senator from Georgia (Sam Nunn was the serving senior senator at that time). Fowler's voting record was liberal on social concerns and moderate on economic and national security issues.

He unexpectedly lost his re-election bid in 1992 to Georgia state Senator Paul Coverdell (who would later become leader of the state's Republican party). Fowler won a small plurality of the vote against Coverdell on general election night 1992, but Georgia law requires a runoff election between the two candidates with the highest vote totals if no one candidate receives over 50 percent (a majority) of the total vote, and a Libertarian Party candidate received enough votes to keep Fowler's total below 50 percent-plus-one. In the runoff on November 11, 1992, Coverdell upset Fowler by a narrow margin.

Post-Congress career[edit]

Fowler went on to serve as the Clinton administration's United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1996 to 2001.

Since then, Fowler has joined the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer, and Murphy and several corporate and academic boards, including those of the Carter Center at Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He also became board chairman of the Middle East Institute.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 5th congressional district

April 6, 1977 – January 3, 1987
Succeeded by
John Lewis
United States Senate
Preceded by
Mack Mattingly
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Georgia
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Served alongside: Sam Nunn
Succeeded by
Paul Coverdell
Party political offices
Preceded by
Herman Talmadge
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from Georgia (Class 3)
1986, 1992
Succeeded by
Michael Coles
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ray Mabus
United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
1996 – 2001
Succeeded by
Robert W. Jordan