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Paul Coverdell
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Sex:M
Age:61
Birth Date:January 29, 1939
Astrology Sign:Aquarius
Chinese Sign:Tiger - Yang
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Died Date:July 18, 2000
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Occupation:US Politician

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PAUL COVERDELL
Paul Coverdell

Biography:Paul Coverdell (January 20, 1939 - July 19, 2000) was a United States Senator from Georgia and was also the director of the Peace Corps from 1989 until 1991. He was elected for the first time in 1992 and re-elected in 1998. He died while still in the Senate of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Coverdell, a Republican, was often described as a quiet, soft-spoken man, but he left profound marks on the governments of both the state of Georgia and the nation in a relatively brief period of time. Examples include the Coverdell Educational Savings accounts, which are used by millions of Americans to fund college educations for their children; the establishment of a strong Republican Party in Georgia; and the Peace Corps’ headquarters in Washington, D.C. are named after Coverdell, the man who helped to keep the program viable.

Like many other Georgians, Paul Coverdell came to Georgia to pursue business interests after being and educated in another part of the country. In his case, Coverdell was born in Iowa and educated in Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. After a stint in the Army, Coverdell settled in Atlanta with his wife, Nancy, and began a career in insurance. By the late 1960s, his interests had turned to politics, but unlike most everyone else in the state at the time; Coverdell was a Republican. In 1970, Coverdell contested for a state senate seat representing north Fulton County and won. He continued to serve in the state Senate for the next eighteen years and at the start of his career was one of only a handful of Republicans in the entire General Assembly. After four years, Coverdell became the Senate leader of the Republicans, a post that he held for fourteen years. As a minority leader of a small party in legislature, it became Coverdell’s style to work across party lines to accomplish his goals. He worked with rural Democrats on some issues and African-American Democrats on others, and this was a testament to his style of politics. He was respected and liked by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Coverdell demonstrated ambitions for higher office early in his political career with an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977. After this loss, and given the weak position of the GOP in the state, he turned his energies to working to develop a base for national Republican candidates and a viable statewide Republican Party organization. Coverdell served as state party chairman for two years starting in 1985. In 1988, Coverdell became a leading supporter of George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign and worked relentlessly to see Bush carry the state’s critical 12 Electoral College votes. When Bush won, he named Coverdell to become Director of the Peace Corps.

At the time Coverdell assumed his responsibilities for the Peace Corps, it had seen its ranks and budget shrink and was perceived to be in organizational disarray. Some thought that Coverdell had been appointed to dismantle the volunteer agency. Nothing could have been further from the truth, as Coverdell worked to secure budget increases and began a recruitment campaign that would send more Americans throughout the world in humanitarian service. However, with encouragement from the White House, Covedell was persuaded to leave the agency to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Wyche Fowler in 1992.

Coverdell’s path to the nomination was not easy as he faced a strong primary challenge with a former U.S. attorney. Bob Barr proved to be an aggressive campaigner and Coverdell was forced into a runoff with Barr, which Coverdell won by less than 1,200 votes. The general election also proved to be difficult. On election night, 1992, it appeared that Coverdell had lost as he trailed Fowler by over 30,000 votes after the tallies were completed. However, this election was not over, as under then-Georgia law, a candidate was required to have won 50 lus one vote to be certified as elected. Due to the Libertarian candidate’s 3 howing in the election, a rare general election runoff was required under the law. Coverdell and Fowler were re-matched three weeks later with Coverdell winning by under 20,000 votes. Thus, Coverdell came to the U.S. Senate having had to win in four separate contests.

Coverdell received seats on the Foreign Relations, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees in the Senate. He worked against tax increases, to protect more federal lands in national parks, and for humanitarian concerns. Coverdell was active in writing policies toughening drug sentencing and enhancing law enforcement efforts. His crowning achievement in his Senate career came in the area of education. Coverdell drafted new legislation that allows individuals to make contributions to educational savings accounts, now known as Coverdell IRA Educational Savings Accounts.

In 1998, Coverdell, running with the slogan "Coverdell Works," made history by becoming the first Republican from Georgia ever to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate. In July 2000, he had returned to Georgia for a weekend of speaking engagements and constituency service and after complaining of a severe headache, Coverdell was taken to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. The 61 year old senator was diagnosed as having had a brain hemmorrhage and had immediate surgery to attempt to repair the damage. Coverdell never regained consciousness, however, and died early on the evening of July 19, 2000. As is tradition in the Senate, his seat was draped in black and numerous colleagues from both parties made tributary speeches. A rare honor was bestowed on Senator Coverdell’s memory when his body lay in state in the rotunda of the Georgia state Capitol building. During this time, thousands passed by and paid their respects to this quiet man whose mark was deeply ingrained upon his adopted state.

Coverdell was survived by his wife, Nancy. His state Senate papers are held by Georgia State University, while his papers from the Peace Corps and United States Senate are housed at the Ina Dillard Russell Library of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, which also has a public policy institute named in his honor.

After three decades in politics, Coverdell was on the verge of greatly increased national prominence at the time of his death. He was rising rapidly in the Senate Republican leadership, and was universally well regarded. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David S. Broder noted Coverdell's ability to promote a conservative Republican agenda while maintaining friendships across political lines. Media reports described Coverdell as the member of Congress who was personally closest to the Bush family.

Coverdell's wife Nancy was a presidential elector in 2000 on the Bush-Cheney ticket.


Chinese Horoscope for Paul Coverdell
Includes characteristics and Vices
Paul Coverdell's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 31, 1938 - February 18, 1939
Birthday: January 29, 1939

The Tiger is a Yang,
and is the Third sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Fervor
Bravery
Magnetism
Good Luck
Benevolence
Authority
Vices:
Impetuosity
Hotheadedness
Disobedience
Swagger
Intemperance
Itinerancy


Personality and Character Cards:
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Paul Coverdell's Personality Tarot Card The Chariot - Personality Card

Birthday: January 29, 1939

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Paul Coverdell's Growth Tarot Card The Chariot

Birthday: January 29, 2011

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.

 

 

 

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