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The Honorable William Jefferson

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World, Africa
Favorite Quote:
A Man Born Of A Woman Is But A Few Days And Those Days Are Filled With Trouble; Don't Worry, Don't Hurt, Don't Forget To Smell The Flowers.

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1947
Birth Location:
Lake Providence, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
U.S. Congressman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World, Africa
Favorite Quote:
A Man Born Of A Woman Is But A Few Days And Those Days Are Filled With Trouble; Don't Worry, Don't Hurt, Don't Forget To Smell The Flowers.

Birthplace

Born:
3/14/1947
Birth Location:
Lake Providence
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Biography

Congressman William J. Jefferson was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana, on March 14, 1947. Jefferson graduated from Southern University A&M and went on to graduate from Harvard University's School of Law. In 1996, Jefferson received his LL.M. degree in taxation from Georgetown University.

After graduating from Harvard, Jefferson established the law firm of Jefferson, Bryan and Gray, which went on to become the largest predominantly African American law firm in the South. Entering public service, Jefferson spent some time as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, and then as a law clerk for Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Jefferson later served as a legislative assistant to Senator J. Bennett Johnson. In 1980, Jefferson was elected to the Louisiana State Senate, where he was twice named Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government. Jefferson's move to Washington, D.C., came in 1991 with his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he continued to serve. In the House, Jefferson served on the powerful Committee on Ways and Means, and served as co-chairman of the Africa Trade and Investment Congressional Caucus. Jefferson was also chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Jefferson was active in spreading technology and education to individuals in his own district, and across the country, as he sought to remove the technological barriers that divide many people. For his efforts in bolstering technology initiatives, the Information Technology Industry Council named Jefferson Legislator of the Year. Jefferson also worked hard in Congress to bolster both domestic and international trade, leading both the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and the New Markets Initiative to passage. For his efforts with the economy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Jefferson with its annual Spirit of Enterprise award. Jefferson and his wife, Dr. Andrea Green Jefferson, raised five daughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Jefferson recalls his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Jefferson describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Jefferson remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Jefferson shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Jefferson discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Jefferson recounts his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Jefferson reflects on how his mother's civil rights work affected his development
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Jefferson details racial violence in Louisiana and the dangers of civil rights work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Jefferson recalls his college years at Southern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Jefferson lists his travel experiences as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Jefferson discusses his marriage and his law school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Jefferson recounts his work for Judge Alvin Rubin and Senator J. Bennett Johnston
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Jefferson remembers his army service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Jefferson describes running for the Louisiana state senate
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Jefferson recalls his work as a Louisiana state senator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Jefferson details his decision to run for Congress and his 1990 election campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Jefferson analyzes why Democrats lost their House majority in 1994
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Jefferson recounts some highlights of his Congressional tenure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Jefferson details his work with the Congressional Black Caucus and African trade groups
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Jefferson discusses how Democrats could take back control from Republicans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Jefferson evaluates African American presidential candidates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Jefferson expresses his thoughts on reparations and affirmative action
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William Jefferson discusses African Americans in the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William Jefferson considers his legacy