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James Ralph Ralph Sasser


James Ralph Sasser, former United States Senator from Tennessee. Bar: Tennessee 1961.


Sasser, James Ralph was born on September 30, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Son of Joseph Ralph and Mary Nell (Gray) Sasser.


Student, University Tennessee, 1955. Bachelor, Vanderbilt University, 1958. Bachelor of Laws, Vanderbilt University, 1961.


Partner Goodpasture, Carpenter, Woods & Sasser, Nashville, 1961-1976. United States Senator from Tennessee, 1977-1994. Fellow, Institute of Politics Harvard University, 1995.

United States ambassador to China United States Department State, Beijing, 1996-1999. J.B. & Maurice Shapiro visiting professor Elliot School International Relations, George Washington University, 2000. Foreign policy advisor to vice-president Gore Gore 2000, Washington, 2000.

Sr advisory Federal Express Corporation. Senior counselor Associated Public-Safety Communications Officers Worldwide. Trustee National Geographic Society.


  • Bar: Tennessee 1961.


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Chairman Tennessee State Democratic Executive Committee, 1973-1976. Southern vice chairman Association Democratic State Chairman, 1975-1976. Served with United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1958-1965.

Member Council on Foreign Relations, Committee on United States-China Relations (vice-chairman), American Bar Association, National Conference of Christians and Jews (director Nashville chapter), United Nations Association(past president), Nashville Committee Foreign Relations, American Judicature Society.


Married Mary Gorman, August 18, 1962. Children: Gray, Elizabeth.

Joseph Ralph Sasser

Mary Nell (Gray) Sasser

Mary Gorman

Gray Sasser

Elizabeth Sasser