Joseph Robert " Bob" Kerrey ( born August 27, 1943 in Lincoln, Nebraska ) is an American politician (Democratic Party). From 1983 to 1987 he was governor of Nebraska, 1989-2001 U.S. Senator for that State.
Bob Kerrey studied until 1965 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln pharmacy. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Navy and was used from 1969 in Vietnam. There he was wounded. During this time he received many military awards, including the Medal of Honor, the highest award of the U.S. Armed Forces. After his return to Nebraska, he continued his pharmaceutical career. He also founded several sports and fitness center.
Governor and Senator
As a member of the Democratic Party Kerrey was nominated as its candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in 1982 and subsequently elected, whereby he nearly prevailed with 50.6 percent of the vote against Republican incumbent Charles Thone. Kerrey began his four -year term on January 6, 1983. During this time he sat down for better education policies, better training in the workplace and the environmental protection. On these points, Nebraska was an example for the rest of the American nation. He was a member of numerous associations governor. In 1986 he abandoned a possible reelection.
After the expiration of his term of office, Kerrey ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate and won the corresponding choice with 55:45 percent of the vote against Republican January Stoney. Between 1989 and 2001 he represented his home state in Congress in Washington. There he was a member of several committees. He applied for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 1992 election and won the primaries in South Dakota, but withdrew after a weak performance in other states early from the race back.
Since his retirement from Congress Kerrey is president of the New School University in New York City. He was a member of the Commission that created the 9/11 Commission Report. During the presidential campaign of 2008 he supported Hillary Clinton. He is married for the second time and has three children.
2001 Kerrey admitted that in 1969 thirteen unarmed civilians were killed during an operation led by him in the Vietnam War. The incident in the Mekong Delta had been uncovered by research of the New York Times and the CBS magazine "60 Minutes II" and confirmed by Kerrey. Former Senator Kerrey was true that women and children were killed, but claimed that this was done unintentionally.
2012 competed Bob Kerrey to return to the U.S. Senate as a candidate for the succession of for bad election prospects no longer antretenden Ben Nelson, but had to on November 6, the Republican Deb Fischer defeated.