Meet Sam Nunn, former Senator from Georgia who is reportedly on the short list of potential running mates for Democrat Barack Obama. Read his biography, see photos and a video him below.

Democratic Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, is reporting that she has met with Obama’s vice presidential search team and that Sam Nunn is on the list as a potential Barack Obama running mate. Ms. Kilpatrick met with a committee consisting of the search team, Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder, as well as with former Vice President Al Gore, Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

The committee is meeting with other caucus leaders and declines to comment on the names on their list but say there are about twenty names on the list. Most of those names are currently in the Senate. Some of the names bandied about are former Senator John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

Many are saying that if Obama doesn’t pick Nunn than he needs to pick someone like Nunn. The qualities he would bring to the ticket include national security credentials, an area of weakness for Obama. He is currently serving on Obama’s foreign policy advisory group. The negatives for Nunn as a running mate include that he’s been out of office for over ten years. He’s a conservative democrat in contrast to Obama’s far left leanings. Nunn has generally been diametrically opposite than Obama on issues. For instance, he supported prayer in school and opposed gays in the military.

Sam Nunn Biography

Samuel Augustus Nunn, Jr. was born on September 8, 1938 in Macon, Georgia. He is 69-years-old. He received a public school education in Perry, Georgia. He attended Georgia Tech from 1956 – 1959 and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1961. He received his law degree from Emory Law School in 1962. He was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1962 and returned Perry, Georgia to practice law.

Sam Nunn served in the United States Coast Guard from 1959 – 1960 and remained in the Reserve from 1960 – 1968.

Nunn’s political career started in 1968 when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representative. He served in that position until a special election for the United States Senate on November 7, 1972 in which he was elected to complete Richard B. Russell’s term, left vacant at his death. He served in the Senate until January 3, 1997 when he was no longer eligible for reelection. While in the Senate he served as Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services.

After leaving the Senate, he has been a partner with the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia from 1997 – 2003. He has served as a distinguished professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2001 he has served as the co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times for his work to increase global security and decrease nuclear, biological and chemical threats. He received the Hessian Peace Price in 2008 for his efforts towards nuclear disarmament and for combating nuclear terrorism.

He is married to the former Colleen O’Brien. The couple have two children, Michelle and Brian.





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