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  Ashcroft, John
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NameJohn Ashcroft
Willard, Missouri , United States
Born May 09, 1942 (79 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 23, 2018 09:42pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Assemblies of God - Christian - Protestant - Straight -
InfoCalling him "a man of great integrity, a man of great judgment and a man who knows the law," President George W. Bush announced his decision to nominate John Ashcroft to serve as Attorney General of the United States on December 22, 2000. Upon confirmation by the Senate, Ashcroft pledged to renew the war on drugs, reduce the incidence of gun violence and combat discrimination so no American feels outside the protection of the law.

Ashcroft was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 9, 1942. He was raised in Springfield, Missouri, where he attended public schools until enrolling at Yale University, where he graduated with honors in 1964. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1967. He began his career of public service in 1973 as Missouri Auditor and was later elected to two terms as the state's Attorney General. His ability to work with leaders of both political parties prompted his colleagues in the non-partisan National Association of Attorneys General to choose him as Chairman.

Ashcroft was elected Governor of Missouri in 1984 and held that post until 1993. During his tenure, he balanced eight consecutive budgets and served as Chairman of the Education Commission of the States. Fortune magazine rated him one of the top ten education governors in the country, while Financial World and City and State magazines credited him with making Missouri one of the best financially managed states in the country. He also spearheaded the state's efforts to reduce the use of illegal drugs. In 1991, the non-partisan National Governors Association elected him Chairman.

He was elected to the Senate in 1994 and maintained a near-perfect voting attendance record while working to combat illegal drugs, increase the quality of public education, reduce crime and safeguard the rights of crime victims. Ashcroft worked closely with Missouri law enforcement officers, developing strategies to counter the state's methamphetamine problems. He co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He fought to toughen the penalties for gun crimes by substantially increasing mandatory minimum prison sentences for the criminal misuse of firearms. During his time in the Senate, Ashcroft was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee.

Prior to entering public service, Ashcroft taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He authored the book Lessons from a Father to His Son, a tribute to his father, and co-authored multiple editions of two college law textbooks with his wife, Janet. John and Janet Ashcroft have three children: Martha, John and Andrew, and one grandchild, Jimmy Patterson.

Attorney General Ashcroft is committed to confronting injustice by leading a professional Justice Department free from politics, defined by integrity and dedicated to upholding the rule of law. He will make certain that the Justice Department fulfills its promise and honors its heritage-not only by enforcing the rule of law, but by guaranteeing rights for the advancement of all Americans.



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Sep 04, 2009 07:00pm Legal Ruling Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case  Article particleman 
Nov 28, 2007 03:00pm Blog Entry John Ashcroft: I’m Willing To Be Waterboarded  Article Servo 
Mar 17, 2005 02:00pm News Ashcroft to teach at Robertson's university  Article Ben 
Feb 25, 2005 12:00pm News Ashcroft's name substitutes for obscenity in movie  Article Servo 
Jan 24, 2005 12:00am News Ashcroft Bids Farewell to Justice Dept.  Article None Entered 
Mar 05, 2004 12:00am Advertisement Aschcroft hospitlazied  Article Mr. Politics 
Mar 05, 2004 12:00am News Ashcroft Hospitalized for Severe Gallstone Pancreatitis  Article PragCon 3.0 
Dec 30, 2003 12:00am General Ashcroft to step aside from leak probe  Article COSDem 
Sep 02, 2003 12:00am News Ashcroft decides against running for political office  Article karin1492 
Aug 20, 2003 12:00am Amusing Comedian apologizes to Ashcroft for "imprudent attempt at satire"  Article User 13 

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Son John R. "Jay" Ashcroft 1973-

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