Sasser Papers


Sasser Papers


The Sasser Papers document the life and career of James Sasser, a former three-term U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and his wife, Mary Sasser. In this sizable collection are found the inner-workings of Sasser’s office while a senator as well as items relating to the Sassers’ experience in China during the 1990s while serving as ambassador.



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Jim Sasser of Tennessee
In his bid for a fourth term in the Senate, Democrat James R. Sasser (1936- ) ran for re-election in 1994 against the Republican candidate Bill Frist (1952- ). In one of the largest upsets in the November 1994 general elections, Frist defeated…

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James R. Sasser (1936- ) served three terms as a United States Senator from Tennessee (1977-1995) and was the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. From 1996 to 1999 he served as the United States Ambassador to China. In this political cartoon by…
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