TALENT, James Matthes, (1956 - )

Senate Years of Service: 2002-2007
Party: Republican

Oil on canvas, Dean Paules, 2001 Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

TALENT, James Matthes, a Representative and a Senator from Missouri; born in St. Louis, Mo., October 18, 1956; B.A., Washington University 1978; J.D., University of Chicago School of Law 1981; law clerk to Judge Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 1982-1983; adjunct professor, Washington University School of Law 1984-1986; State house of representatives 1985-1993; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third and three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-January 3, 2001); chairman, Committee on Small Business (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 2000; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 2000; elected to the U.S. Senate in the November 5, 2002, special election to the term ending January 3, 2007, a seat previously held by appointed Senator Jean Carnahan, and took office on November 23, 2002; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2006.