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Roger W. Jepsen

In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1985
Preceded by Richard C. Clark
Succeeded by Tom Harkin

Born December 23, 1928 (1928-12-23) (age 81)
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dee Jepsen
Alma mater Arizona State University
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1946-1947 1948-1960

Roger William Jepsen (born December 23, 1928) is an American politician from the state of Iowa. A Republican, he served in the United States Senate.

Jepsen was born the son of Emil Jepsen and Esther (Sorensen) Jepsen in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he attended the public schools and the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 1950 with a bachelor's degree and in 1953 with a master's degree. At ASU, Jepsen was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon, initiating in 1949.

Jepsen became a paratrooper in the United States Army 1946-1947 and served in the United States Army Reserve 1948-1960. He was active in farming, insurance and health care businesses.

Jepsen served as a county supervisor or Scott County from 1962 to 1965 and was a state Senator from 1966 to 1968. He was lieutenant governor of Iowa from 1968 to 1972. In 1978 he was elected to the United States Senate and served a single term from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1985. He was served as co-chairman of the Joint Economic Committee in the 98th Congress.

Jepsen was defeated by Democrat Tom Harkin in the 1984 Senate election. A major issue in the campaign was Jepsen's decision to support the sale of AWACS aircraft to Saudi Arabia despite having promised not to. After the vote, aides to President Ronald Reagan gloated about having forced Jepsen to "look into his political grave."[1]

Jepsen later served as chairman of the National Credit Union Administration. He and his family reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Fulton
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
1969 – 1972
Succeeded by
Arthur A. Neu
United States Senate
Preceded by
Richard C. Clark
United States Senator (Class 2) from Iowa
1979 – 1985
Served alongside: John Culver, Chuck Grassley
Succeeded by
Tom Harkin

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