Gary Hart

Democratic Politician From Colorado
Born Nov 28, 1936

Gary Hart is an American politician, lawyer, author, professor and commentator. He served as a Democratic Senator representing Colorado (1975–1987), and ran in the U.S. presidential elections in 1984 and again in 1988, when he was considered a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination until various news organizations reported that he was having an extramarital affair.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on November 28, 1936.
1937 Birth Shortly after he became the new frontrunner, it was revealed that Hart had changed his last name, had often listed 1937 instead of 1936 as his birth date and had changed his signature several times. … Read More


1954 17 Years Old …  He won a scholarship to Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Oklahoma, in 1954 and graduated in 1958.


1958 21 Years Old He met his wife, Oletha (Lee) Ludwig, there, and they married in 1958.
1961 24 Years Old He also graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1961 and Yale Law School in 1964.
1964 27 Years Old Hart became an attorney for the United States Department of Justice from 1964 to 1965, and was admitted to the Colorado and District of Columbia bars in 1965.
1965 28 Years Old He was special assistant to the solicitor of the United States Department of the Interior from 1965 to 1967. He then entered private law practice in Denver, Colorado, at the firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs. Following the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, U.S. Senator George McGovern of South Dakota co-chaired a commission that revised the Democratic presidential nomination structure. … Read More


1972 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1972 primary elections, McGovern named Hart his campaign manager. … Read More
1974 37 Years Old In 1974, Hart ran for the United States Senate, challenging two-term incumbent Republican Peter Dominick. … Read More
1975 38 Years Old From 1975 to '76, Hart was a member of a subcommittee under the "Church Committee" that looked into to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. … Read More


1980 43 Years Old In 1980, he sought a second term. … Read More
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In February 1983, during his second term, Hart announced his candidacy for president in the 1984 presidential election. … Read More
…  He served as a U.S. Senator representing Colorado (1975 - 1987), and sought the Democratic nomination for President in 1984 and 1988.
1986 49 Years Old Hart declined to run for re-election to the Senate, leaving office when his second term expired with the intent of running for president again. On December 20, 1986, Hart was allegedly followed by an anonymous private investigator from a radio station where he had given the Democratic Party's response to President Reagan's weekly radio address. … Read More


After Mario Cuomo announced that he would not enter the race in February 1987, Hart was the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 1988 election.


1998 61 Years Old After his Senate service and presidential races, Hart resumed his law practice. He remained moderately active in public policy matters, serving on the bipartisan US Commission on National Security/21st Century, also known as the Hart–Rudman Commission, commissioned on behalf of Bill Clinton in 1998 to study U.S. homeland security. The commission issued several findings calling for broad changes to security policy, but none was implemented until after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
He earned a doctorate in Politics (D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford in 2001, with a thesis entitled The Restoration of the Republic; he was a member of St Antony's College.
2002 65 Years Old In late 2002, urged by former Oxford classmates, Hart began testing the waters for another run for the presidency, launching a website at and a related speaking tour to gauge reactions from the public.
2003 66 Years Old He started his own blog in the spring of 2003, the first prospective presidential candidate to do so. … Read More
2004 67 Years Old According to an October 23, 2004, National Journal article and later reports in the Washington Post, Hart was mentioned as a probable Cabinet appointment if Kerry won the presidency. … Read More
2005 68 Years Old He is the author of James Monroe, part of the Times Books series on American presidents published in October 2005. … Read More
In September 2007, The Huffington Post published Hart's letter, "Unsolicited Advice to the Government of Iran", in which he stated that "Provocation is no longer required to take America to war" and warns Iran that "for the next sixteen months or so, you should not only not take provocative actions, you should not seem to be doing so." … Read More
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Hart was appointed to be the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland in October 2014.
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