James Ralph Sasser is a former American Senator from Tennessee. A Democrat, Sasser served three terms in the Senate (1977-1995) and was Chairman of the Senate’s Budget Committee. Sasser was also a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and appointed ambassador to the People’s Republic of China by President Clinton, which he served until 2001. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1957 to1963.
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