|United States Senator|
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Wendell H. Ford|
|Succeeded by||Rand Paul|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 4th district
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Gene Snyder|
|Succeeded by||Ken Lucas|
James Paul David Bunning
October 23, 1931
Southgate, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||May 26, 2017 (aged 85)|
Fort Thomas, Kentucky, U.S.
Mary Catherine Theis (m. 1952)
|Alma mater||Xavier University (B.A.)|
|Profession||Baseball player, investment broker|
|July 20, 1955, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 3, 1971, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.27|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the National|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Bunning played as a pitcher in the Major League Baseball. In his career, he played for the Detroit Tigers (1955–1963), the Philadelphia Phillies (1964–1967; 1970–1971), the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968–1969) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969). He retired from baseball in 1971.
Bunning served in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1987 through January 3, 1999. He was a member of the Republican Party. Bunning served in the United States Senate from January 3, 1999 through January 3, 2011 after retiring.
Bunning was 67 years old when he entered U.S. Senate. Among the bills that Bunning sponsored is the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004. Bunning was also the only member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to have opposed Ben Bernanke for Chief of the Federal Reserve.
Early life[change | change source]
Baseball career[change | change source]
During his baseball career, he pitched from 1955 to 1971, most notably with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1959, the right-hander struck out the side, throwing the minimum nine pitches as a reliever in the top of the ninth inning of Detroit's 5–4 loss to Boston at Briggs Stadium. Sammy White, Jim Mahoney and Ike Delock were the victims of his inning.
When Bunning retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; he currently ranks 17th.
As a member of the Phillies, Bunning pitched the seventh perfect game in Major League Baseball history on Father's Day Sunday, June 21, 1964, against the New York Mets. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996.
Political career[change | change source]
In 1986, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 4th congressional district, and served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He was elected to the United States Senate from Kentucky in 1998 and served two terms as the Republican junior U.S. Senator.
A September 2009 statewide opinion poll said Bunning had a 35% approval rating, with 55% disapproving of his performance.
In July 2009, he announced that he would not run for re-election in 2010. Bunning gave his farewell speech to the Senate on December 9, 2010, and was succeeded by Rand Paul on January 3, 2011.
Personal life[change | change source]
In 1952, Bunning married his wife Mary Catherine Theis. They had five daughters and four sons together. He lived in his hometown in Southgate, Kentucky.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Schuman, Joseph. "Senators Slam Bernanke Over Joblessness, but Fed Chief's Job Seems Safe". Aolnews.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- Greg Noble. "Jim Bunning: Fifty years ago, perfect game stamped his Hall of Fame ticket". WCPO. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- Espo, Dave (October 22, 2004). "Democrats Take Aim at Bunning in Kentucky". Associated Press.
- "Court Rules Delay in Release of Presidential Papers is Illegal; Fails to Address Authority of Former Vice Presidents to Hold Up Disclosure of Papers". National Security Archive. October 1, 2007.
- "SurveyUSA News Poll #15746". Surveyusa.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- Senator Jim Bunning Dies at 85
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Jim Bunning at Wikimedia Commons
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Current Bills Sponsored at StateSurge.com
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Bunning Appearances on C-SPAN
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Philadelphia Phillies history page on Bunning
- Box score of Bunning's perfect game