Thomas Andrew "Tom" Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, lost his seat in the U.S. Senate in November 2004 to John Thune.  He was the first "Senate leader in half a century to be voted out of office." Reuters reported July 3, 2006.
Daschle is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing "on health care policy and global economic, security and health issues." Daschle is also "a member of the Global Alliances' steering committee, an international coalition of progressive leaders dedicated to the development and exchange of progressive policy ideas.
"In addition to his work at the Center, Senator Daschle is also a visiting professor at the Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, conducting student seminars, guest lectures in classrooms, and holding public discussions related to politics and policymaking." 
He is married to Linda Hall Daschle.
Daschle was Democratic Leader in the U.S. Senate from 1994 to 2004 and is "the third longest serving Senate leader in party history." Daschle was born December 9, 1947, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, "raised in a working class family and is the eldest of four brothers. He became the first person in his family to graduate from college when he earned a degree from South Dakota State University in 1969. After serving three years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, Daschle spent five years as an aide to South Dakota Senator James Abourezk. He was elected to Congress for the first time in 1978 and served a total of four terms in the House. Daschle served 18 years in the Senate after winning election to that office in 1986." 
Records and controversies
Daschle voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.
According to the Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress , Daschle:
- 1969: graduated South Dakota State University 1969
- 1969-1972: served in U.S. Air Force
- 1978-1987: elected as Democrat to 96th Congress; reelected to three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1987)
- 1986-2005: elected as Democrat to U.S. Senate; reelected and served from January 3, 1987, to January 3, 2005
- 1989-1999: co-chair, Democratic Policy Committee, Democratic Conference
- 1995-2001; 2003-2005: minority leader (1995-June 6, 2001; 2003-2005)
- 2001-2003: majority leader (June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003)
- 2004: unsuccessful candidate for reelection
- Advisory Board, Bipartisan Policy Center 
- Director, The Freedom Forum
- Board of Advisors, Children's Scholarship Fund
- Jefferson Awards Board Member, American Institute for Public Service
New Leadership for America
Published works by Tom Daschle
"Like No Other Time", Random House, August 24, 2004, Trade Paperback, ISBN 9781400053759.
Related SourceWatch resources
- Tom Daschle in the Wikipedia.
- Tom Daschle in the dKosopedia.
- Profile: Tom Daschle, Center for American Progress.
- Profile: Tom Daschle, NNDB.com.
- Sen. Tom Daschle, On the Issues.
- Campaign Finance Money Profile (Summary): Tom Daschle and Campaign Finance Profiles (1994-2004 Senator) and Race Profiles (1998 and 2004), OpenSecrets.org.
Articles by Tom Daschle
- "Regarding Leaked Information on NSA Actions," Center for American Progress, December 19, 2005. re George W. Bush's domestic spying
- "Power We Didn't Grant," Washington Post, December 23, 2005.
- "Founders Feared The Imperial Presidency," Think Progress, March 1, 2006.
Speeches & statements by Tom Daschle
- "Text: Daschle Delivers Remarks From the Senate Floor," OnPollitics/Washington Post, September 25, 2002: Remarks "by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) regarding President Bush's treatment of the Iraq issue."
- "Statement: Resolution Authorizing the President to Use Force, if Necessary, to End the Threat to World Peace from Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction," U.S. Senate (truthout), October 10, 2002.
- "Floor Statement of Sen. Daschle on the Abuse of Government Power," U.S. Senate, March 30, 2004.
- "Sen. Tom Daschle," PBS Online NewsHour, December 18, 2000: "Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) discusses his meeting with George W. Bush and hopes for future bipartisanship in Congress."
- "Tom Daschle," PBS Online NewsHour, September 13, 2001: "The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Tom Daschle, discusses emergency funds to assist in relief efforts in response to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington as well as a resolution of resolve."
Articles & commentary
- "Person of the Week: Tom Daschle. King of the Hill: The new Senate Majority Leader is ready for his close-up. All eyes are on Washington as the soft-spoken South Dakotan embraces his new role and steels himself for the many challenges ahead," TIME Magazine, January 7, 2001.
- Chris Mooney, "The Secret War on Tom Daschle," The American Prospect, July 2, 2001.
- Jonathan Chait, "The Demonizing of Tom Daschle. How journalists follow the party line," Slate, December 21, 2001.
- Stephanie Mencimer, "Tom Daschle's Hillary Problem. If the Senate Majority Leader runs for president what will voters think of his lobbyist wife?" The Washington Monthly, January/February 2002. See Kith & Kin Inc. for information on Linda Daschle.
- "Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes," CNN, January 29, 2002.
- John Nichols, "GOP Gets Down and Dirty on Daschle," Madison Capitol Times (Common Dreams), March 2, 2002.
- William Greider, "Change the Leadership," The Nation, October 24, 2002 (November 11, 2002 issue).
- Media Advisory: "Rush Limbaugh Demonizes Tom Daschle-- Literally," FAIR, November 22, 2002.
- Dana Bash, "Daschle says 'shrill' talk radio spurs threats. Democratic leader cites talk shows," CNN, November 22, 2002.
- "The Jeffords Switch," George Washington University, December 1, 2002.
- Doug Ireland, "I’m Linda, Fly Me. The real reason Tom Daschle didn’t run for president," LA Weekly, January 16, 2003.
- J. Bottum,"Tom Daschle's Duty to Be Morally Coherent. The Senate minority leader is ordered to stop calling himself a Catholic," The Weekly Standard, April 17, 2003.
- Editorial: "Archer-Daschle-Midland," Wall Street Journal (Common Dreams), November 21, 2003.
- Denise Ross, "Daschle satisfied with war progress," Rapid City Journal, February 20, 2004.
- Kathryn Jean Lopez, "A Kerry-League Play. Tom Daschle tries to have it both ways on abortion and marriage," National Review Online, October 22, 2004.
- "Daschle Loses S.D. Senate Seat to Thune," Associated Press (Fox News), November 3, 2004.
- Joe Conason, "Gannon: The early years. Before he was buttering up Bush at White House press conferences, 'Jeff Gannon' was doing the GOP's dirty work in attacking Tom Daschle," Salon, February 18, 2005. re Jeff Gannon
- Ketzel Levine, "Tom Daschle Prepares for His Next Job," NPR, March 2, 2005.
- Deborah, "Tom Daschle now on the list of Democrats to attack," News Hounds, December 23, 2005.
- Mary Clare Jalonik, "Daschle continues to keep visible, raising money for fellow Democrats," Associated Press (North County Times (CA)), January 5, 2006.
- Thomas Beaumont, "Potential candidates visiting this month. The caucuses are still two years from now, but that's not keeping away possible 2008 candidates," Des Moines Register, February 1, 2006.
- Ethan Schultz, "Dascle criticizes energy policy. Former U.S. Senator unhappy with goals of administration," Iowa State Daily, February 2, 2006.
- Walter Pincus, "Spying Necessary, Democrats Say. But Harman, Daschle Question President's Legal Reach," Washington Post, February 13, 2006.
- Steve Kraske, "Daschle says U.S. should redeploy troops," The Kansas City Star, April 11, 2006.
- "Daschle, considering 2008 run, to return in June," Des Moines Register, May 18, 2006.
- "Is Tom Daschle For Real?" The Hotline Blog/National Journal, May 19, 2006.
- Mary Clare Jalonik, "Daschle Tests New Hampshire for Candidacy," Associated Press (myway.com), June 8, 2006.
- Mike Glover, "Daschle pledges challenge to Vilsack if both run," Associated Press (ContraCostaTimes), June 9, 2006.
- Clarification: "Butcher of the Badlands," Harper's Magazine, posted June 19, 2006; "The following correction was printed in the November 18, 2004 issue of the Plain Dealer, a Cleveland daily. Originally from Harper's Magazine, May 2004."
- "McGovern: Daschle Should Run For President," Associated Press (keloland.com), June 20, 2006.
- "Tom Daschle mulls political comeback. Senate's former No. 1 Democrat weighing a 2008 White House race," Reuters (MSNBC), July 3, 2006.