Early years and political rise
Dale Bumpers attended the local schools of his home and the University of Arkansas. During the Second World War he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. After the war he studied at Northwestern University in Illinois law. He was a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. Bumpers opened in 1952 a small law practice in his home town of Charleston. Between 1952 and 1970 he also worked as a lawyer for this community. In 1968 he was appointed for a short time as a special judge in the Arkansas Supreme Court. In 1970, the bumper was running for the Democratic nomination for the office of governor. He had to compete against the former Governor Orval Faubus. After he had managed to hit it in the Democratic primary, he managed also to win in the actual election against the Republican incumbent Winthrop Rockefeller.
Governor of Arkansas
Dale Bumpers took up his new post on January 12, 1971 and after a very re-election in 1972 until January 3, 1975 officiate. As Governor, he advocated a childhood vaccination against various diseases. In his time the administration was reorganized, enacted a new tax law, raised the salaries of teachers and set up a consumer protection department. In addition, the country's parks were expanded. He campaigned for better education policy and reform of the prison system. Bumpers was a member of several associations governor. In 1974 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. For this reason he joined shortly before the end of his term as governor back. As Governor, he is regarded as a representative of a new generation of politicians in the South, who also belonged to Jimmy Carter in Georgia and a little later, Bill Clinton, also in Arkansas.
Between 1975 and 1999, Bumpers was a member of the U.S. Senate in Washington. There he worked on several committees and sat down again for the children vaccination to combat diseases such as measles, mumps and similar other diseases a. He is a supporter and friend of former President Clinton. Today, the ex-governor lives in retirement. He is married and has three children.