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U.S. SENATOR LARRY PRESSLER
THE PLAZA, SUITE 504
800 25TH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-2208
LPRESSLER@LARRYPRESSLER.COM
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BIOGRAPHY OF SENATOR LARRY PRESSLER

Attorney at Law

Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

[Member US Senate (R-SD), 1979-1997]

[Member US House (R-SD), 1975-1979]

RECENT:

  • Gave speeches at the 2016 Infosys International Corporate Conference in Bangalore, India in February, 2016 and lectured at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in March, 2016.
  • Appointed January 8, 2014 (presently serving) to Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Access the final report by going to www.mcrmc.gov
  • Pressler Group LLC – founder, Washington D.C. and New York. 2002-present
  • U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad – Commissioner. Appointed by President Barack Obama on November 10, 2009. Resigned January 7, 2014
  • Board of Advisors, Issue One, since March 25, 2015.
  • Founder’s Circle Member, The Centrist Project, since December 19, 2014. Go to http://www.centristproject.org
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Center
  • Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Sciences Po University, Paris, France - August 27-December 1, 2012– Taught and graded papers of French graduate students on foreign policy issues drawn from the 2012 U.S. elections
  • Fulbright Professor at various European and Asian Universities
  • Board, Jericho Homeless Veterans Projects in Harlem and the Bronx. https://www.jerichoproject.org/programs-services/veterans-initiative/
  • Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Georgetown University Law School and Catholic University
  • Board of Advisors, Baruch School of Public Administration, City University of New York
  • Keynote Speaker, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in Sheraton, Wyoming on 02/29/2012, "Can we live with Simpson-Bowles?"
  • Currently Finalist for Additional Fulbright Professor Grant, 2015
  • South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation Board http://sdfufoundation.org
  • Special Advisor, India Globalization Capital http://www.igcinc.us
  • Senior Advisor, A-1Technology Inc. / Mobile Programming LLC
  • O'Connor, Hannon Law Firm - Senior Partner. Washington, D.C. 1997-2002.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange until it was purchased by the NASDAQ
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Infosys Technologies, Ltd. http://www.infosys.com of Bangalore, India for six years from 2000 until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 in 2006. Since then he has been a speaker at the Infosys Annual Strategic Planning Meeting in Bangalore and Mysore, India

EDUCATION/BACKGROUND:

  • Born March 29, 1942, Humboldt, South Dakota – Graduated Humboldt High School 1960
  • Harvard Law School- Juris Doctor, 1971
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government- Masters in Public Administration, 1966
  • Oxford University, Oxford, England – Oxford Diploma in Public and Social Administration, Rhodes Scholar, 1964
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD – B.A. Government, 1964; President of Student Body; Phi Beta Kappa

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Lieutenant, U.S. Army: 1966-1968
    • Served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam
    • Awarded the following Vietnam Service Medals: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960), Overseas Svc Bars (2), and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Unit Citation Badge
  • Foreign Service Officer (FSR): 1971-1974
  • Legal Advisor's Office, Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland
  • Member of United States Congress (R-SD): 1975-1997
  • Member, US House of Representatives: 1975-1979
    • Committee on Education and Labor (1975-1979)
    • Committee on Science and Technology (1975-1977)
    • Committee on Small Business (1977-1979)
  • Member, US Senate: 1979-1997
    • Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (1979–1997)
    • Chairman of Full Committee (1995–1997)
    • Chairman of Subcommittee on Telecommunications (1995–1997)
    • Committee on Finance (1995–1997)
    • Committee on Foreign Relations (1981–1995)
    • Chairman of European Subcommittee and Chairman of the Arms Control Subcommittee
    • Committee on Small Business (1979–1997)
    • Ranking Member of Full Committee (1993–1995)
    • Committee on Environment and Public Works (1979–81, 1983–85)
    • Committee on Banking (1991–1993)
    • Committee on Judiciary (1993–1995)
    • Committee on Budget (1979–1981)

HIGHLIGHTS OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTIVITY:

  • Authored/passed several South Dakota issues/projects regarding senior citizens, agriculture, water, transportation, economic issues, telecommunications, health and other matters affecting South Dakota.
  • Authored/passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  • Authored/passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 1996
  • Authored/passed the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995
  • Authored/passed significant nuclear non-proliferation legislation (Pressler Amendment)
  • Authored/passed legislation creating independent U.N. Inspector General office
  • Authored/passed numerous pieces of legislation regarding international trade
  • Authored/passed the Pressler Amendment requiring sanctions on Pakistan for using U.S. in terrorist and nuclear activities
  • Authored two books: U.S. Senators from the Prairie, 1982; Star Wars: The Strategic Defense Initiative Debates in Congress, 1986
  • Served as Congressional Delegate to the United Nations on two occasions
  • Co-founding member of the Senate Internet Caucus and Tourism Caucus
  • Served on the Boards of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy and the Air Force Academy

ACADEMIC HISTORY: 1996-PRESENT:

  • Finalist for Additional Fulbright Professor Grant, January/February 2014
  • Sciences Po University, Paris, France – Distinguished Visiting Faculty, August-December 2012
  • University of Bologna, Italy –Visiting Fulbright Professor, January-May 2009.
  • Lectured to doctoral candidates at the Department of Politics and History on the foreign policy decisions of the U.S. President/Congress during the last ten presidencies
  • Lectured as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia and at the University of Naples—March 2009.
  • Lectured at Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv, on "President Obama's Foreign Policy: Engagement and Its Limits". Israel – March 2009
  • Lectured to the Society of Individualists at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Bologna, Italy—2009.
  • Lectured to various Hungarian Universities at the request of the Hungarian Fulbright Commission, 2009.
  • Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Scholar, U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Fall 2006.
  • Lectured on international relations, presidential studies and government classes at West Point.
  • Conducted a seminar of junior and senior West Point cadets applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Gates, Rotary, Mitchell (to Ireland), Hertz, and other graduate fellowships.
  • Additional teaching/lectures at the following universities: The Harvard Law School; Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Oxford University (England); University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); Georgetown University Law School; The George Washington University; The U.S. Naval Academy; The Oglala Sioux SinteGleska University; University of South Dakota; Creighton; Catholic University, St. Johns University, New York, N.Y. and the St. John's University Graduate School of Business (Rome, Italy); and Adjunct Professor at City University of New York (CUNY, Baruch College (New York), St. John's University (Rome, Italy); The Indian National School of Law (Bangalore, India); Fudan University (China); Shanghai International Studies University (China); TongJi University (China); Zhongshan University (China); GuangDong University of Foreign Studies (China); and JiNan University (China), Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Center.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany - The President of Germany bestowed on Senator Pressler the German government's highest honor awarded a non-German citizen in a ceremony at the German Embassy and the U.S. Capitol. The award was given for Senator Pressler's work on European/German aviation and trade agreements. Senator Pressler has also been given high recognition by the governments of Greece, the Philippines, and England for his public service.
  • Senator Pressler spoke in five Bosnia-Herzegovina cities on how U.S. Congressional oversight committees work in March, 2008.
  • Keynote Speaker -US Embassy in Budapest, Hungary: Conference on the Upcoming US Election, October 14, 2008.
  • Keynote Speaker at the Infosys Technologies Ltd. Annual Strategy meeting in Bangalore/Mysore, India. January 7-9, 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker at the Future of Financial Markets Conference in Goa, India. January 2010.

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Married to Harriet, with one daughter (Laura) and four grandchildren. Larry and Harriet currently reside in both Washington, D.C. and in southwest Sioux Falls, with a permanent farm-home in Larry's hometown of Humboldt, South Dakota.