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This Day in Georgia History

July 08, 1942

Phil Gramm Born

Future Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm was born in Columbus, Georgia. Son of an Army sergeant stationed at Fort Benning, Gramm attended the University of Georgia, where he obtained a Ph.D. in economics in 1967. Thereafter, he accepted a position at Texas A&M University. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he co-authored the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings balanced budget bill. In 1984, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In Feb. 1995, Gramm mounted a presidential campaign to be the Republican Party’s candidate in 1996. However, on Feb. 14, 1996, Gramm pulled out of the race in favor of Sen. Bob Dole. Incidentally, Gramm’s presidential bid makes him at least the seventh person with some tie to Georgia (e.g., born, lived, educated) prior to mounting a serious campaign for the presidency.