John Ashcroft was born May 9, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1984 he was elected governor of Missouri, and he was reelected in 1988. During his tenure as governor, he promoted fiscally and socially conservative policies. In 1994 he was elected to the U.S. Senate but was defeated in 2000. Subsequently, he was nominated by George W. Bush as U.S. attorney general. In 2004 he announced his resignation.
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