J. James Exon

John James Exon ( born August 9, 1921 in Geddes, Charles Mix County, South Dakota; † 10 June 2005 in Lincoln, Nebraska ) was an American politician and 1971-1979 the 34th Governor of Nebraska. From 1979 to 1997 he was a member of the Senate of the United States.

Early years

After graduation attended exon to 1941 the University of Omaha. During World War II he served in a news unit of the U.S. Army. After that, he was in a reserve unit of the army until 1949. His main job was then employed by a financial services company. In 1953 he founded his own company, which specialized in office equipment and soon enjoyed a nationwide reputation. Exon was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1964 and 1968 he was deputy party leader of his party in Nebraska. From 1968 to 1970 he was a member of the Democratic National Committee. In 1970 he was elected to the incumbent Norbert Tiemann to the new governor of Nebraska.

Governor of Nebraska

Exon took up his new post on January 7, 1971. After a re-election in 1974, he could officiate as governor for eight years. He was the first governor of that State with an eight- year term. In these eight years, he managed to set up a balanced budget each year. Thanks to his domestic policy he succeeded to draw Republican voters to his side, who supported his re-election in 1974. Exon was very popular in Nebraska. He was a member of numerous associations at both the state and federal level.

Membership in the U.S. Senate and other CV

After the expiration of his second term succeeded exon to be elected to the U.S. Senate. There he remained 1979-1997. He also served as a member of the Senate Budget Committee. Exon sat unsuccessfully for a censorship of the Internet. John James Exon died in June 2005. He was married to Patricia pros, with whom he had three children.