James Danforth Quayle is the former Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush (1989-1993). He unsuccessfully sought the 2000 Republican Party Presidential nomination.
In 1976, Quayle was elected to the U.S. Congress from Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District, defeating an eight-term incumbent Democrat. He won reelection in 1978 by the greatest percentage margin ever achieved to that date in the northeast Indiana district. In 1980, at age 33, Quayle became the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana. Quayle was reelected to the Senate in 1986 with the largest margin ever achieved to that date by a candidate in a statewide Indiana race.
In August 1988, at the 1988 Republican National Convention, George H. W. Bush called on Quayle to be his running mate in the general election. The Bush/Quayle ticket went on to win the November election by a decisive 53-46 margin, sweeping 40 states and capturing 426 electoral votes. As Vice President, Quayle was the first chairman of the National Space Council, a space policy body reestablished by statute in 1988. On February 9, 1989 President Bush named Quayle head of the Council on Competitiveness. In 1992, Bush and Quayle lost reelection to Clinton and Gore.
Quayle pulled out of his bid for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination, citing health problems. In April 1999, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for 2000. In the first contest among the Republican candidates, the Iowa straw poll of June 1999, he finished eighth. He withdrew from the race the following month. Quayle is now chairman of Cerberus Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, and president of Quayle and Associates.
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