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Richard Andrew Gephardt (born January 31, 1941) is a U.S. Representative from Missouri.
Gephardt was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from South West High School in 1958. He earned his B.S at Northwestern University in 1962 and earned his J.D at the University of Michigan Law School in 1965.
In 1965, he was admitted to the Missouri bar. He then entered the Missouri Air National Guard, where he served until 1971. He was Democratic committeeman in St. Louis between 1968-1971, moving up to alderman 1971-1976. He was elected as a Democrat to the 95th succeeding Congress, and repeated re-electing until he choose to give up his seat in 2003.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988. He was majority leader from 1989-1994 (101st through 103rd Congresses) and minority leader from 1995-2003 (104th through 107th Congresses).
He announced his second run for President on January 5, 2003, dropping out a year later after his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucus.