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Senate Proceeding on Apr 4th, 2011 :: 2:47:25 to 2:55:15
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Lamar Alexander

2:47:09 to 2:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: i ask that the quorum call be vit the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: mr. president, it is my sad responsibility to announce that the former governor, ned mccourter, of tennessee has decide this afternoon. ned has many friends here in washington but he has a lot more

Lamar Alexander

2:47:25 to 2:55:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

2:47:33 to 2:47:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in tennessee. what symbolized ned mccorter to me is a story that occurred to me when i was elected governor in 1978. i was a young republican, about 37 years old. there hadn't been many republican governor in tennessee at that time. the whole state was one party. it was very democratic.

Lamar Alexander

2:47:54 to 2:48:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: ned mccorter was the speaker of the house. for those who know him, he was a big, burly, haas cartwright kind of fellow. shortly after i came in, the capitol hill media came up to

Lamar Alexander

2:48:15 to 2:48:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: ned and said, we will, mr. speaker, what are you going to do with this new, young republican governor? and speak mccorter said, i'm going to help him. because if he succeeds, our state succeeds. and for eight years, as he was speaker and i was governor, he did that. and the people of tennessee apparently didn't mind it

Lamar Alexander

2:48:36 to 2:48:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: because after i left, they elected him governor and he served for eight years. that sort of bipartisan cooperation was the way i learned about politics in tennessee. ned was a pretty fair-going democrat. he was one of president clinton's close he have friends

Lamar Alexander

2:48:57 to 2:49:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and early allies. democrats all around our country came to him for his homespun advice. he had no problem working hard during election time to put legislators who were democratic in the place of republicans who were already in their seats. that was not a problem for him. but in between elections he knew what to do. we would meet in the governor's

Lamar Alexander

2:49:19 to 2:49:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: office every tuesday morning and we'd go over the issues, the republican governor and the democratic leaders. and then we would decide what to do. and if i came up with a better schools program, why, the democrats would come up with an even better "better schools" program. so when tennessee became the

Lamar Alexander

2:49:40 to 2:50:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: first state to pay teachers more for teaching we will on a statewood basis in 1984, i made the proposal, but it was the result of a bipartisan education commission that speake mcwherter and i both agreed on. when the legislature greed it i may have proposed it as governor, but it was amended by

Lamar Alexander

2:50:01 to 2:50:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the weekly county amendment which was the home county of speaker mcwherter. it was his willing ness to fashion a consensus bill, really revolutionary idea at that time -- reward outstanding teaching by paying them well. he did the same thing when it

Lamar Alexander

2:50:23 to 2:50:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: came to highways and roads. tennessee had one. worst road systems in the early 19 eavmentz by the time he and i were finished, it had what the truckers called "the best." we increased revenues to pay for it so we didn't run up any debt for the state. in every case, speaker mcwherter supported and made sure it passed.

Lamar Alexander

2:50:44 to 2:51:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: when we became a state that attracted japanese descrirks he knew that the commitments i had made as a republican governor he would pull fill as a democratic leader of the house of representatives and that he would continue as a democratic governor. it was a seamless transition. the same was true with the automobile industry when it beg come to tennessee. people looked around for a

Lamar Alexander

2:51:06 to 2:51:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: central location with a right-to-work law and good working people. and through a succession of governors, republican, democrat, republican, democrat, we worked together to do that. and of special interest it might be to washington, d.c., right now, through all those democratic and republican governors, we agreed that our

Lamar Alexander

2:51:28 to 2:51:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: state would have almost no debt. that's right, under governor mcwherter and speaker mcwherter, our state had almost no debt. if we wanted something, we paid for it. he was one of the finest public servants that i've hfer a chance to work w he may have a close

Lamar Alexander

2:51:49 to 2:52:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: friend. he had an indpek schuss personality and a great sense of humor. the last visits i had with him included the inauguration of the new governor, bill haslett. ned mcwherter and the new governor are the best of

Lamar Alexander

2:52:10 to 2:52:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: friends. their son competed for the right to be the new governor of the state of tennessee. the governor and jim haslett were the best of friends. there are a lot of people in our state that come in and out of politics. and maybe they're appreciated. maybe they're not.

Lamar Alexander

2:52:33 to 2:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: only a few leave a lasting impression. ned mcwherter will be among the very few that leave the most impression, and part of it is his big burly infectious, lovable personality. part of it was his good sense of

Lamar Alexander

2:52:54 to 2:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: politics and openness around the state capitol. but a lot of it was his willingness to say to people like a new, young governor of the opposite party, i'm going to help you succeed because if you succeed, our state succeeds. governor mcwherter and i talked many times -- i talked

Lamar Alexander

2:53:15 to 2:53:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: with him most recently about a week ago; he was going to see his doctor again to find out whether he said he had a short fuse or long fuse. parntsly he had a short fuse. didn't have much life left in him, lome not have known it -- although he may not have known it, or perhaps he did. he used to joke and say that the size of the crowd at your funeral will depend a lot upon the weather.

Lamar Alexander

2:53:37 to 2:53:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i think what all of us in tennessee will say about ned is the size of the crowd at his funeral will have nothing to do with the weather because i imagine it'll be standing-room only with people pouring out of the back doors. we're sad he's gone but it's been 80 remarkable years. the governor who never graduated from college is the governor who

Lamar Alexander

2:53:59 to 2:54:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: had the courage to put into our state law the sanders model for relating student achievement to teacher performance, helping our state win this administration's "race to the top" award some 15 or 20 years later. it made a real contribution to our state. he's got a big place in all of our hearts.

Lamar Alexander

2:54:20 to 2:54:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i'm sad to report that he's gone, but it's an important time to celebrate the life of a public servant whose lessons of how to achieve consensus and still be a good politician would be a good lesson for everyone in washington, d.c. mr. president, i yield the floor. i notice the absence of a

Lamar Alexander

2:54:41 to 2:55:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quoarnlings and i ask that the time be -- i notic of a quorum, and i ask that the time be equally divided between the parties. the presiding officer: without objection, the clerk will call roll the roll.

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