Profile of Bill Bradley

Party: Democrat
Born: July 28, 1943, in Crystal City, Missouri, the only child of Warren and Susan Bradley, a banker and a schoolteacher. The Bradleys lived a comfortable, middle-class life in a small, blue-collar company town on the banks of the Mississippi River, thirty-six miles south of St. Louis.
Family: Bradley is married to the former Ernestine Schlant, a professor of German and Comparative Literature at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
  • They have one daughter and Mrs. Bradley has an adult daughter from a previous marriage.
  • Schlant most recently authored The Language of Silence, a study of German literature's reaction to the Holocaust.
  • Religion: Presbyterian
    Military: Joined the Air Force Reserves, based at McGuire AFB in Wrightstown, NJ. He served on active duty for nearly six months in 1967.
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    • Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University; graduate degree in politics, philosophy and economics.
    • Graduated from Princeton University in 1965 with a degree with honors in American history.
    • Matriculated but never attended Duke University in North Carolina on an athletic scholarship.
      Professional Experience:
    • Authored Values of the Game in 1998, expressing lessons learned from the sport of basketball.
    • Authored Time Present, Time Past in 1996, a memoir about life as a senator and his travels.
    • Authored Life on the Run in 1976, chronicling his experiences in the NBA.
    • Played basketball professionally for the New York Knicks (1967-77), winning two NBA championships (1970, 1973) as the team's starting forward.
      Political Experience:
    • Bradley represented New Jersey in the US Senate from 1978 to 1997.
    • Bradley's legislative accomplishments included the 1986 Tax Reform Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Megan's Law.
    • His focus as a Senator included more money for college loans, economic empowerment zones, and protecting children from the dangers of tobacco.
    • Bradley served as an intern in the early 1960s in the congressional office of Richard Schweiker (R-Pa.) and then on the presidential campaign of former Pennsylvania Governor William W. Scranton.

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