UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications

MEDIA ADVISORY: News Conference for Sen. Fred Thompson

September 11, 2011

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.566.7303 or 903.330.0495 (cell)

The University of Texas at Tyler will hold a news conference for Sen. Fred Thompson at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall.

Thompson will open the 30th season of the UT Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series later that evening at 7:30 p.m.

In 1973, he was minority counsel on the Senate Watergate Committee and is reputed to have first asked the question, “What did the President know, and when did he know it?” This question is said to have helped frame the hearings that eventually led to the fate of President Richard Nixon.

Thompson has served the U.S. Senate representing his home state of Tennessee from 1994-2002 after winning a special election and then being re-elected to a full term in 1996.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Thompson worked for 17 years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. representing such clients as Westinghouse, General Electric and the Tennessee Savings and Loan League.

After becoming an actor, Thompson appeared in Oliver Stone’s “JKF” and the NBC series “Law and Order.”

In September 2007, he announced his bid for president of the United States on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and later withdrew from the race in January 2008.

In 2010 Thompson released his book Teaching a Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances.

For more information, contact Beverley Golden, 903.566.7303/903.330.0495.

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