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|Robin Leo Beard Jr.|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 6th district
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
|Preceded by||William R. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Al Gore|
August 21, 1939|
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
June 16, 2007 (aged 67)|
Isle of Palms, South Carolina, U.S.
|Cause of death||Brain cancer|
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University|
Beard was born n Knoxville, Tennessee. He was educated at Montgomery Bell Academy and graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a former colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
In 1970, Beard was appointed Tennessee personnel commissioner by newly elected Republican Governor Winfield Dunn. In 1972, he entered the GOP primary for the newly reconfigured 6th Congressional District. Democrats in the state legislature shifted several Republican-trending portions near Memphis into the Sixth and removed several solidly Democratic areas.
In November, Beard defeated Anderson by twelve percentage points. Beard's victory was not considered an upset; the redrawn 6th was considered the only Democratic-held district in Tennessee in which a Republican had a realistic chance of winning. Beard was reelected by margins of over 30 percentage points, rivaling the totals usually scored by Republicans in East Tennessee. Beard did not run for a sixth term in the 1982 elections, opting instead to run for the Republican nomination to oppose freshman Democratic Senator Jim Sasser. While Beard won the primary, he lost in a massive 20-point landslide. The Republicans would not win another statewide race until 1994, when they captured the governorship and both Senate seats.
Beard later ran a Washington, D.C.-based import-export business and was at one time a resident of Alexandria, Virginia. Beard retired to Charleston County, South Carolina, where he later ran for a seat on the county school board in 2006 (Arthur Ravenel, Jr., also a former U.S. Representative, ran successfully in the race.)
- "Robin Beard Jr". The Post and Courer. June 19, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2018 – via Legacy.com.
- Wood, E. Thomas; Whitehouse, Ken (June 20, 2007). "Remembering Robin Beard". The Nashville Post. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
- Smith, Allison (June 19, 2007). "Former U.S. Rep. Robin Leo Beard Jr. dies at 67". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 12, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (. ))
- Waldo, Tenisha (June 17, 2007). "Former Congressman Beard dies at age 67". The Post and Courier. Archived from the original on December 3, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
William R. Anderson
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for United States Senator from Tennessee
|93rd||Senate: H. Baker Jr. • B. Brock||House: J. Evins • R. Fulton • J. Quillen • J. Duncan Sr. • D. Kuykendall • E. Jones • L. Baker • R. Beard|
|94th||Senate: H. Baker Jr. • B. Brock||House: J. Evins • R. Fulton • J. Quillen • J. Duncan Sr. • E. Jones • R. Beard • H. Ford Sr. • M. Lloyd|
|94th||Senate: H. Baker Jr. • B. Brock||House: J. Evins • J. Quillen • J. Duncan Sr. • E. Jones • R. Beard • H. Ford Sr. • M. Lloyd • C. Allen|
|95th||Senate: H. Baker Jr. • J. Sasser||House: J. Quillen • J. Duncan Sr. • E. Jones • R. Beard • H. Ford Sr. • M. Lloyd • C. Allen • A. Gore Jr.|
|96th||Senate: H. Baker Jr. • J. Sasser||House: J. Quillen • J. Duncan Sr. • E. Jones • R. Beard • H. Ford Sr. • M. Lloyd • A. Gore Jr. • B. Boner|
|97th||Senate: H. Baker Jr. • J. Sasser||House: J. Quillen • J. Duncan Sr. • E. Jones • R. Beard • H. Ford Sr. • M. Lloyd • A. Gore Jr. • B. Boner|