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William Harrison "Bill" Frist

In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Jim Sasser
Succeeded by Bob Corker

In office
January 7, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Tom Daschle
Succeeded by Harry Reid

Born February 22, 1952 (1952-02-22) (age 58)
Nashville, Tennessee
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karyn Frist
Residence Nashville
Alma mater Princeton University

Harvard Medical School

Occupation Heart and lung transplant surgeon, professor at Vanderbilt University, businessman, philanthropist
Religion Presbyterian

William Harrison "Bill" Frist, Sr. (born February 22, 1952) is an American physician, businessman, and politician. Frist served two terms as a United States Senator representing Tennessee. He was the Republican Majority Leader from 2003 until his retirement in 2007.


Childhood and medical career

Frist was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Dorothy Cate Frist and Thomas Fearn Frist Sr.[1] He is a fourth-generation Tennessean. His great-great grandfather was one of the founders of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and his father was a doctor.

Frist graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee and then from Princeton University in 1974, where he specialized in health care policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 1972 he held a summer internship with Tennessee Congressman Joe Evins, who advised Frist that if he wanted to pursue a political career, he should first have a career outside of politics. Frist proceeded to Harvard Medical School, where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine with honors in 1978.

Frist joined the lab of W. John Powell Jr., M.D. at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, where he continued his training in cardiovascular physiology. He left the lab in 1978 to become a resident in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1983, he spent time at Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, England as senior registrar in cardiothoracic surgery. He returned to Massachusetts General in 1984 as chief resident and fellow in cardiothoracic surgery. From 1985 until 1986, Frist was senior fellow and chief resident in cardiac transplant service and cardiothoracic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing his fellowship, he became a faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he began a heart and lung transplantation program. He also became staff surgeon at the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1989, he founded the Vanderbilt Transplant Center. In 1991, Dr. Frist operated on then-Lieutenant Colonel David Petraeus after he'd been shot in a training accident at Fort Campbell.

He is currently licensed as a physician, and is board certified in both general surgery and thoracic surgery. He has performed over 150 heart transplants and lung transplants, including pediatric heart transplants and combined heart and lung transplants.

Frist avoided answering a question in a December 2004 television interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos as to whether or not HIV could be transmitted through tears or sweat. Frist has no training in epidemiology, the medical specialization of communicable disease and infection. At the time, a federal sex education program suggested that it was, in fact, possible to transmit HIV this way. After being repeatedly questioned by Stephanopoulos about it, Frist eventually stated that "it would be very hard" for HIV to be transmitted this way.[2]

Entering politics

In 1990, Frist met with former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker about the possibilities of public office. Baker advised him to pursue the Senate, and in 1992 suggested that Frist begin preparations to run in 1994. Frist began to build support. He served on Tennessee's Governor's Medicaid Task Force from 1992 to 1993, joined the National Steering Committee of the Republican National Committee's Health Care Coalition, and was deputy director of the Tennessee Bush-Quayle '92 campaign. As part of Frist's preparations for political office, in December 1993 he ended his membership in Nashville, Tennessee's racially segregated Belle Meade Country Club, which he had joined in the 1980s, following a family tradition.

With Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) looking on, President George W. Bush signs into law S. 3728, the North Korea Nonproliferation Act of 2006.

During the 1994 election Frist promised not to serve for more than two terms.[3] He accused his opponent, incumbent Senator Jim Sasser, of "sending Tennessee money to Washington, DC", and said, "While I've been transplanting lungs and hearts to heal Tennesseans, Jim Sasser has been transplanting Tennesseans' wallets to Washington, home of Marion Barry." During the campaign he also criticized Sasser for trying to become Senate Majority Leader, claiming that his opponent would be spending more time taking care of Senate business than Tennessee business. Frist won the election, defeating Sasser by 13 points in the 1994 Republican sweep of both Houses of Congress, thus becoming the first physician in the Senate since June 17, 1938, when Royal S. Copeland died.

In his 2000 reelection campaign, Frist easily won with 66 percent of the vote. He received the largest vote total ever by a statewide candidate in the history of Tennessee, although Al Gore won a higher percentage of the vote (70%) in his 1990 Senate re-election. Frist's 2000 campaign organization was later fined by the Federal Election Commission for failing to disclose a $1.44 million loan taken out jointly with the 1994 campaign organization.[4]

National attention

Frist first entered the national spotlight when two Capitol police officers were shot inside the United States Capitol by Russell Eugene Weston Jr. in 1998. Frist, the closest doctor, provided immediate medical attention (he was unable to save the two officers, but was able to save Weston). He also was the Congressional spokesman during the 2001 anthrax attacks.

As the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, he helped Republicans win back the Senate in the 2002 midterm election. His committee collected $66.4 million for 2001–2002, 50% more than the previous year. Shortly afterwards, Sen. Trent Lott made comments at a Strom Thurmond birthday celebration in which he said that if Thurmond's presidential bid of 1948 had succeeded, "we wouldn't have all these problems today". In the aftermath, Lott resigned his position as Senate Majority Leader and Frist was chosen unanimously by Senate Republicans as his replacement. He became the second youngest Senate Majority Leader in US history. In his 2005 book, "Herding Cats, A Lifetime in Politics", Lott accuses William Frist of being "one of the main manipulators" in the debate that ended Senator Lott's leadership in the Republican Senate. Lott wrote that Senator Frist's actions amounted to a "personal betrayal." Frist "... didn't even have the courtesy to call and tell me personally that he was going to run ... If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today," Lott wrote.

In the 2003 legislative session, Frist enjoyed many successes. He was able to push many initiatives through to fruition, including the Bush administration's third major tax cut and legislation that was against partial-birth abortion. However, the tactics that he used to achieve those victories alienated many Democrats. In 2004, by comparison, he saw no major legislative successes, with the explanations ranging from delay tactics by Democrats to lack of unity within the Republican Party.

Sen. Frist with Sen. Lamar Alexander and Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

In a prominent and nationally broadcast speech to the Republican National Convention in August 2004, Frist highlighted his background as a doctor and focused on several issues related to health care. He spoke in favor of the recently passed Medicare prescription drug benefit and the passage of legislation providing for Health Savings Accounts. He described President Bush's policy regarding stem cell research, limiting embryonic stems cells to certain existing lines, as "ethical." In an impassioned argument for medical malpractice tort reform, Frist called personal injury trial lawyers "predators": "We must stop them from twisting American medicine into a litigation lottery where they hit the jackpot and every patient ends up paying." Frist has been an advocate for imposing caps on the amount of money courts can award plaintiffs for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases.[5]

During the 2004 election season, Frist employed the unprecedented political tactic of going to the home state (South Dakota) of the opposition party (Democrat)'s minority leader, Democrat Tom Daschle, and actively campaigned against him. Daschle's Republican opponent, John Thune, defeated Daschle. In Daschle's farewell address, Frist arrived late. After the 2004 elections, Frist played a role in the controversy over Arlen Specter's post-election remarks. Frist demanded a public statement from Specter in which Specter would repudiate his earlier remarks and pledge support for Bush's judiciary nominees. Frist rejected an early version of the statement as too weak, and gave his approval to the statement that Specter eventually delivered.

Frist received some criticism within the Republican caucus in the Senate over his handling of the Majority Leader position, and his near invisibility as a spokesman for the Republican caucus, which has damaged his reputation. His supporters within the caucus pointed to his success in moving tax legislation important to the executive branch as a sign that he was simply filling his place on the team, namely to bring important bills to a vote, and then ensure that gains made on the floor were preserved in the conference committee process.

Many of Frist's opponents have attacked him for what they see as pandering to future Republican primary voters. They claim that he has taken extreme positions on social issues such as the Terri Schiavo case in order to please them. On the other hand, Frist changed his position on stem cell research.

There has also been controversy regarding the "nuclear option," under which the Republicans would change a rule in the Senate to prevent the filibuster of judicial nominations. Although Frist claimed that "[n]ever before has a minority blocked a judicial nominee that has majority support for an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor," critics pointed to the nearly two-century history of the filibuster, including the successful four-day 1968 minority Republican filibuster of Lyndon Johnson's chief justice nominee, Abe Fortas.[6][7] Also, in 1998 Frist participated in the Republican filibuster to stall the nomination of openly gay James C. Hormel to be ambassador to Luxembourg; Hormel eventually received a recess appointment from President Bill Clinton, bypassing a Senate vote. Frist also helped block the 1996 nomination of Richard Paez to the 3rd Federal Court of Appeals, a four-year filibuster that was defeated in 2000 when 14 Republicans dropped their support for it and allowed Paez to be confirmed by a simple majority.

More criticism of perceived weakness came in the midst of an extended confirmation fight over Bush's pick for US ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton. Twice Frist failed to garner the 60 votes to break cloture, getting fewer votes the second time and even losing the support of one conservative Republican (George Voinovich of Ohio). On June 21, 2005, Frist said the situation had been "exhausted" and there would be no more votes. Only an hour later, after speaking to the White House, Frist said: "The president made it very clear he wants an up-or-down vote." This sudden switch in strategy led to charges of flip-flopping in response to pressure from the Bush administration. Nevertheless, no up-and-down vote was held, and Bush made a recess appointment of Bolton.

In September 2006, working with Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, Frist was a major Senate supporter of H.R. 4411 — the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act. Frist's bill called for restrictions on banking transactions for online gambling, while Frist has received contributions from land-based casinos. The bill, which passed without debate as part of the Safe Port Act, also allowed horse racing and lotteries to remain legal.

ONE campaign

After his Senate career he became a Co-Chair of ONE VOTE '08, an initiative of the ONE campaign, with Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). According to onevote.org, "ONE Vote '08 is an unprecedented, non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in the 2008 presidential election."[8] He traveled to Africa in support of various initiatives for the ONE campaign in July 2008 and an extensive blog about his trip exists, complete with videos.[9]

Political future

Frist at the inauguration of his successor Bob Corker. Along with former Tennessee's Senator Howard Baker (second to right), and Senior Senator Lamar Alexander (far right).

Frist pledged to leave the Senate after two terms in 2006, and did not run in the 2006 Republican primary for his Senate seat. He campaigned heavily for Republican nominee Bob Corker, who won by a small margin over Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. in the general election.

Frist was seen as a potential presidential candidate for the Republican party in 2008, like Bob Dole, a previous holder of the Senate Majority Leader position. On November 28, 2006, however, he announced that he had decided not to run, and would return to the field of medicine.[10]

Frist's name was mentioned as a possible candidate for Governor of Tennessee in 2010 when incumbent Governor Phil Bredesen will be barred from running again due to term limits. Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis has said that "he'd have a lot of support" if he chose to run.[11] However, Frist announced that he had decided not to seek that office in January 2009.

In 2008, he became a partner in Chicago-based Cressey & Co. investing in the nation's health care market.[12][13] In 2009, Frist begin teaching at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management and at the Medical School where he taught before his 1994 election, while continuing to serve as chairman of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization Hope Through Healing Hands that centers on health and education around the world.[14] He also indicated plans to launch a statewide education initiative targeting K-12 education called SCORE.[15]

In May 2009, Frist joined forensic chemical and drug-testing laboratory Aegis Sciences Corp. as a health care advisor and member of its board of directors. His new responsibilities include assisting in Aegis’s development of a strategic alliance with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, providing counsel on the company’s research and development for new laboratory-based toxicology assessments, and advise Aegis on general health care issues.[16]

On November 2009, Frist joined the board of directors of engineering, construction and technical services firm URS Corp. to bring his expertise and unique perspective on a wide range of economic issues.[17]

Personal life

In 1982, Frist married Karyn McLaughlin, whom he met at a Boston emergency hospital. They have three sons: Harrison, Jonathan, and Bryan. The Frist family are members of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C..

Frist has been a pilot since the age of 16. He holds commercial, instrument and multi-engine ratings. He has also run seven marathons and two half-marathons.

In June 1989, Frist published his first book, Transplant: A Heart Surgeon's Account of the Life-And-Death Dramas of the New Medicine, in which he wrote, "A doctor is a man whose job justifies everything . . . Life [is] a gift, not an inalienable right."

With J. H. Helderman, he edited "Grand Rounds in Transplantation" in 1995. In October, 1999, Frist co-authored Tennessee Senators, 1911–2001: Portraits of Leadership in a Century of Change with J. Lee Annis, Jr. In March, 2002, Frist published his third book, When Every Moment Counts: What You Need to Know About Bioterrorism from the Senate's Only Doctor. While generally well received, the book later spurred accusations of hypocrisy regarding his remarks about Richard Clarke. When Clarke published his book Against All Enemies in 2004, Frist stated "I am troubled that someone would sell a book, trading on their service as a government insider with access to our nation's most valuable intelligence, in order to profit from the suffering that this nation endured on September 11, 2001." In December, 2003, Frist and co-author Shirley Wilson released the self-promoting book, Good People Beget Good People: A Genealogy of the Frist Family.

In 1998 he visited African hospitals and schools with the Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. Frist has continued to make medical mission trips to Africa every year since 1998. He has also been vocal in speaking out against the genocide occurring in Darfur. He is currently teaching a course on health care policy at Vanderbilt University.

Financial status

Frist has a fortune in the millions of dollars, most of it the result of his ownership of stock in Hospital Corporation of America, the for-profit hospital chain founded by his brother and father. Frist's 2005 financial disclosure form lists blind trusts valued between $15 million and $45 million.[18]

Members of the Frist family have been major donors to Princeton University, pledging a reported $25 million in 1997 for the construction of the Frist Campus Center.[19] Frist has said that, a few years after his 1974 graduation from Princeton, "I made a commitment to myself that if I was ever in a position to help pull together the resources to establish a center [on the Princeton campus] where there could be an informal exchange of ideas, and to establish an environment that is conducive to the casual exchange of information, I would do so."[20] Daniel Golden, a Wall Street Journal journalist and author of the book The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates, has suggested that two of Frist's sons (Harrison and Bryan) were admitted to Princeton as recognition of this donation rather than their own academic and extracurricular merit.[21]

Frist and his wife are the sole trustees in charge of a family foundation bearing the senator's name, which had more than $2 million in assets in 2004. He and his siblings are vice presidents of another charitable foundation bearing their parents' names. Frist failed to list his positions with the two foundations on his Senate disclosure form. In July 2006, when the matter was raised by the Associated Press, his staff said the form would be amended. Frist has previously disclosed his board position with World of Hope, a charity that gives money to causes associated with AIDS. The charity has come under scrutiny for paying consulting fees to members of Frist's political inner circle.[22]

The status of Frist’s blind trust, and subsequent statements about it and activities within it led to an SEC Investigations of the trustees June 13, 2005 sale. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued subpoenas to investigate the sale, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began an insider trading investigation of the sale. After an 18 month investigation, the SEC closed its probe without pressing charges. Frist said in a statement, "I've always conducted myself according to the highest ethical standards in both my personal and public life, and my family and I are pleased that this matter has been resolved." [23]



Internet Gambling Ban

In September 2006, working with Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, Frist was a major Senate supporter of H.R. 4411 - The Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act. This amendment to the Safe Port Act was passed at midnight the day Congress adjourned before the 2006 elections. Prior to it being added to the bill, the gambling provisions had not been debated by any Congressional committee.

Schiavo case

In the Terri Schiavo case, a brain-damaged woman whose husband wanted to remove her gastric feeding tube, Frist opposed the removal and in a speech delivered on the Senate Floor, challenged the diagnosis of Schiavo's physicians of Schiavo being in a persistent vegetative state (PVS): "I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office." Frist was criticized by a medical ethicist at Northwestern University for making a diagnosis without personally examining the patient and for questioning the diagnosis when he was not a neurologist.[24] After her death, the autopsy showed signs of long-term and irreversible damage to a brain consistent with PVS.[25] Frist defended his actions after the autopsy. Various complaints against Frist, a licensed physician, were filed with medical oversight organizations, but no action was taken.

Medical school experiments

While he was a medical school student in the 1970s, Frist performed medical experiments on shelter cats while researching the use of drugs on the mitral valve. By his own account, Frist improperly obtained these cats from Boston animal shelters, falsely telling shelter staff he was adopting the cats as pets.[26] In his book, Frist asserted that he succumbed to the pressure to succeed in a highly competitive medical school.

Frist's treatment of cats first became controversial in 1994, in his first Senate campaign, when the opposing camp in the Republican primary called him a cat-killer. The matter again created public controversy in 2002, after mention in a Boston Globe profile, published after his election as Senate majority leader.[27][28]

The Military Commissions Act of 2006

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) ushered in military commission law for US citizens and non-citizens alike. Text in the MCA allows for the institution of a military alternative to the constitutional justice system for “any person” arbitrarily deemed to be an enemy of the state, regardless of American citizenship. Senator Bill Frist and senator John Warner were the two co-sponsors of the bill.

Ideology and issues

Frist's primary legislative focus has been on issues of concern to the health care industry and on pro-life issues. The senator also opposes abortion and all federal funding of abortion. In the Senate, he led the fight against partial birth abortion, voted for the Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003 and against an amendment to include a woman's health exception (as he considered the procedure to be hazardous to a woman's health).[29]

Frist supported a total ban on human cloning, including for embryonic stem cell research. Since 2001, Frist had stood beside Bush in his insistence that only currently existing lines be used for stem cell research. But in July 2005, after severely criticizing the MLO, Frist reversed course and endorsed a House-passed plan to expand federal funding of the research, saying "it's not just a matter of faith, it's a matter of science."[30] Up to that point the legislation had been considered bottled up in the Senate. The decision quickly drew criticism from some Christian groups such as Dr. James Dobson, but garnered praise from some Democrats and many Republicans, including former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Frist supports programs to fight AIDS and African poverty. He travels to Africa frequently to provide medical care.

On education, Frist supports the No Child Left Behind Act, which passed in 2001 with bipartisan support. In August 2005, he announced his support for teaching intelligent design in public school science classes.

He opposes same-sex marriage and adoption by homosexual couples.[31] He supports the death penalty.

In November 2005, Frist told reporters that he was less concerned about possible torture at CIA secret prisons than he was about potentially compromising the security of millions of Americans. Flying home after visiting the Guantanamo Bay detention center he said September 10, 2006 he expects bipartisan support for putting top captured al-Qaida figures on trial before military commissions and for guidelines on how they should be treated. Frist visited the detention center in eastern Cuba, which holds some 460 detainees, including 14 top alleged al-Qaida figures recently transferred from CIA custody. He stated that his visit with fellow Republicans Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, was especially poignant coming one day short of the fifth anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Frist said that visiting the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and recognizing that the 14 individuals who likely contributed to the September 11, 2001 attacks were there, led him to realize how critical it is that the U.S. define the appropriate criteria to make sure that the government have the information to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. The senators didn't see the 14 new detainees, but visited Guantanamo to learn of the interrogation techniques. In his mind, the detainees are being treated in a safe and humane way.

Electoral history

Tennessee United States Senate Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Frist (Incumbent) 1,255,444 65.10 +8.75
Democratic Jeff Clark 621,152 32.21 -10
Republican hold Swing
Tennessee United States Senate Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Frist 834,226 56.35 +21
Democratic Jim Sasser (Incumbent) 623,164 42.10 -22.99
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ Ancestry of Bill Frist
  2. ^ Washington Post. Viewing Videotape, Frist Disputes Fla. Doctors' Diagnosis of Schiavo March 19, 2005.
  3. ^ Frist, Bill (2009-01-04). "A Tremendous Personal Honor". VOLPAC. http://www.volpac.org/. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  4. ^ FEC Finds that Frist 2000 Violated Law on 1 Jun 2006
  5. ^ "Text: Remarks by Sen. Frist to the Republican National Convention". Washington Post (FDCH E-Media, Inc). August 31, 2004. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50446-2004Aug31.html. 
  6. ^ Babington, Charles (March 18, 2005). "Filibuster Precedent? Democrats Point to '68 and Fortas". Washington Post: p. A03. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45149-2005Mar17.html. 
  7. ^ MITCHELL, GEORGE J. (May 10, 2005). "The Not-So-Secret History of Filibusters". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/10/opinion/10Mitchell.html. 
  8. ^ http://www.onevote08.org/aboutone.php
  9. ^ http://www.one.org/blog/category/one/onestaffafricatrip/fristjulyafricatrip/
  10. ^ "Frist Decides Against ’08 Presidential Bid", Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2006
  11. ^ Youngman, Sam (January 18, 2007). "Frist Looking at Governor Run in 2010". The Hill. http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/011707/frist.html. 
  12. ^ "Cressey & Company Forms Executive Board". Reuters (PRNewswire). June 9, 2008. http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS98246+09-Jun-2008+PRN20080609. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  13. ^ "Bill Frist, Cressey & Co. open Nashville officeNashville". Business Journal. August 27, 2008. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2008/08/25/daily33.html. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  14. ^ Frist, Bill (2009-01-04). "A Tremendous Personal Honor". VOLPAC. http://www.volpac.org/. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  15. ^ "Frist Decides Against 2010 Gubernatorial Bid". WSMV-TV. January 4, 2009. http://www.wsmv.com/politics/18409895/detail.html. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  16. ^ "Dr. William Frist Joins Aegis Sciences as Health Care Advisor". Business Wire (press release). May 20, 2009. http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090520005146&newsLang=en. 
  17. ^ "Bill Frist joins board of engineering giant". Nashville Post. 2009-11-18. http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2009/11/18/bill_frist_joins_board_of_urs_corp_. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  18. ^ Sen. Frist sells HCA stock; then price falls
  19. ^ Frist family and Scully fund university projects
  20. ^ Captain America: The Senator explains politics, the virtues of public service, and life in general beyond the Cottage Club
  21. ^ Thornburgh, Nathan (13 August 2006). "How VIPs get in". Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1226164,00.html. 
  22. ^ Frist Fails to Disclose Foundation Role
  23. ^ Frist Not Charged as Investigators Close Probe of His Hospital Stock Sales Washington Post, April 27, 2007
  24. ^ Letter: Frist Schiavo diagnosis being reviewed in Tennessee June 24, 2005
  25. ^ Medical Examiner's Report on the Schiavo Autopsy June 13, 2005
  26. ^ William H. Frist, MD, Transplant : A Heart Surgeon's Account of the Life-and-Death Dramas of the New Medicine, Fawcett; Reprint edition (August 28, 1990), ISBN 0-449-21905-4
  27. ^ Kranish, Michael (2002-10-27). "First Responder". Boston Globe. 
  28. ^ "Kitty-killer label litters Frist resume for president". The Tennessean. 2006-06-12. http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060612/COLUMNIST0101/606120346/1092/NEWS. 
  29. ^ Frist Floor Statement on Partial-Birth Abortion
  30. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5176053,00.html
  31. ^ http://ontheissues.org/Senate/Bill_Frist.htm

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Political offices
Preceded by
Trent Lott
United States Senate Minority Leader
Succeeded by
Tom Daschle
(D-South Dakota)
Preceded by
Tom Daschle
(D-South Dakota)
United States Senate Majority Leader
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Harry Reid
United States Senate
Preceded by
Jim Sasser (D)
United States Senator (Class 1) from Tennessee
January 4, 1995 - January 3, 2007
Served alongside: Fred Thompson, Lamar Alexander
Succeeded by
Bob Corker (R)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Anderson
Republican nominee for United States Senator (Class 1) from Tennessee
1994, 2000
Succeeded by
Bob Corker
Preceded by
Mitch McConnell
Chairman of National Republican Senatorial Committee
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
George Allen
Preceded by
Trent Lott
Senate Republican Leader
2002 – 2007
Succeeded by
Mitch McConnell
Representatives to the 104th–109th United States Congresses from Tennessee (ordered by seniority)
104th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: J. Quillen | H. Ford, Sr. | B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp
105th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins
106th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins
107th Senate: F. Thompson | B. Frist House: B. Gordon | B. Clement | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | E. Bryant | V. Hilleary | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins
108th Senate: B. Frist | L. Alexander House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis
109th Senate: B. Frist | L. Alexander House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis


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