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Son of an Indiana newspaper publisher, Quayle was elected to congress at age 29 and in 1980 defeated Democratic powerhouse Birch Bayh to become a U.S. senator. He continued his string of youthful successes in 1988, when he was elected vice president on the ticket with president George Bush. Quayle's foes accused him of being an intellectual lightweight, and fairly or not the label stuck; he became the butt of steady joking by political pundits and late-night talk show hosts. Quayle made an unsuccessful run for the 2000 GOP presidential nomination, which was won instead by Bush's son George W. Bush.


Elected Vice President of the United States at the age of 41, Dan Quayle was the first member of his generation to win national office. His service with President George Bush continued a remarkable record of achievement that began with his election to the U.S. Congress at age 29, and the U.S. Senate at age 33. During his years in public office, Vice President Quayle was a vigorous advocate for economic growth, a strong national defense, American leadership in the world, and the revitalization of non-governmental institutions -- families, neighborhoods, churches, small businesses -- that are the foundation of American civilization.

Mr. Quayle is widely considered to have been one of the most active vice presidents in history. He made official visits to 47 countries, was chairman of the President's Council on Competitiveness and the National Space Council, and served as President Bush's point man on Capitol Hill. As a leader in causes from legal system reform to deregulation to the renewal of basic American values, Vice President Quayle developed a large national following and became one of the most admired Americans of his time.

Dan Quayle is the author of "Standing Firm," a vice-presidential memoir that became a nationwide bestseller. His second book, "The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong," came out in the spring of 1996. The former vice president also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, serves on a number of corporate boards, chairs several business ventures, and is chairman of Campaign America , a national political action committee.



Former Vice President Dan Quayle is currently working with an investment firm in Phoenix, Arizona.  Mr. Quayle is the author of a best-selling memoir, "Standing Firm" (HarperCollins/Zondervan). His second book, "The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong," came out in the spring of 1996. He makes frequent public appearances and speeches, and writes a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column.

Mr. Quayle was born on February 4, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was named after James Danforth, a longtime Quayle family friend killed in World War II. After spending much of his youth in Arizona, he graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington, Indiana, in 1965. He then matriculated at DePauw University, where he received his B.A. degree in political science in 1969. After receiving his degree, Mr. Quayle joined the Indiana National Guard and served from 1969-75. While serving in the Guard, he earned a law degree from Indiana University in 1974.

Mr. Quayle's public service began in July 1971 when he became an investigator for the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General's Office. Later that year, he became an administrative assistant to Governor Edgar Whitcomb. From 1973-74, he was the Director of the Inheritance Tax Division of the Indiana Department of Revenue. Upon receiving his law degree, Mr. Quayle worked as associate publisher of his family's newspaper, the Huntington Herald-Press, and practiced law with his wife in Huntington.

In 1976, Mr. Quayle was elected to the U.S. Congress from Indiana's Fourth Congressional District, defeating an eight-term incumbent Democrat. He won reelection in 1978 by the greatest percentage margin ever achieved to that date in the northeast Indiana district. In 1980, at age 33, Mr. Quayle became the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate from the State of Indiana, defeating three-term incumbent Democrat Birch Bayh. Making Indiana political history yet again, Mr. Quayle was reelected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 with the largest margin ever achieved to that date by a candidate in a statewide Indiana race.

During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Quayle became widely known for his legislative work in the areas of defense, arms control, labor, and human resources. With his service on the Armed Services Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Labor and Human Resources Committee, he became an effective Senator, respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. In 1982, working with Senator Edward Kennedy, Mr. Quayle authored the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), which has been called the most significant piece of social legislation passed during the Reagan presidency.

In August 1988, at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, George Bush called on Mr. Quayle to be his running mate in the general election. Although Republicans were trailing by up to 15 points in public opinion polls taken prior to the convention, the Bush/Quayle ticket went on to win the November election by a convincing 54-46 margin, sweeping 38 states and capturing 426 electoral votes. Mr. Quayle was the 44th Vice President of the United States from January 20, 1989, to January 20, 1993.

In November 1972 Mr. Quayle married the former Marilyn Tucker of Indianapolis. They are the parents of three children: Tucker, Benjamin, and Corinne. Mr. Quayle, the oldest of four children, has two brothers and a sister: Chris, Mike, and Martha. He is the son of Corinne and the late Jim Quayle. He enjoys golf, tennis, basketball, skiing, horseback riding, fly fishing, and reading. Mr. Quayle particularly enjoys watching his children as they participate in team sports.



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