ASHCROFT, John David, (1942 - )

Senate Years of Service: 1995-2001
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

ASHCROFT, John David, a Senator from Missouri; born in Chicago, Ill., on May 9, 1942; attended the public schools in Springfield, Missouri; graduated from Yale University 1964; received J.D. degree from University of Chicago School of Law 1967; admitted to the bar in Springfield 1967; taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University; state auditor of Missouri 1973-1975; attorney general of Missouri 1976-1985; Governor of Missouri 1985-1993; chairman of the National Governors Association 1991-1992; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1994 and served from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2000; attorney general of the United States, 2001-2005.


The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law; Ashcroft, John D., with Gary Thomas. Lessons from a Father to his Son. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers, 1998; ___. Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice. New York: Center Street, 2006. ___. On My Honor: The Beliefs that Shape My Life. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers, 2001.