Vice President James Danforth "Dan" Quayle
b.4 FEB 1947 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
Facts and Events
James Danforth "Dan" Quayle (; born February 4, 1947), the 44th Vice President of the United States, served with President George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Indiana.
Quayle was born in Indianapolis and spent most of his childhood living in Arizona. He married Marilyn Tucker in 1972 and obtained his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1974. He practiced law in Huntington, Indiana with his wife before his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1976, aged 29. In 1980 Quayle won election to the Senate.
In 1988, Vice President George H. W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee for the presidency, asked his party to nominate Quayle as his vice-presidential running mate. Although this choice was met with some dismay, the Bush/Quayle ticket won the 1988 election over Democrats Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen.
As vice president, Quayle made official visits to 47 countries and was appointed chairman of the National Space Council. He secured re-nomination for vice-president in 1992, but Democrat Bill Clinton and his vice-presidential running mate, Al Gore defeated the Bush/Quayle ticket.
In 1994 Quayle published his memoir entitled Standing Firm but declined to run for public office in this time period because he suffered from phlebitis. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew and supported George W. Bush. Quayle and his wife reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Quayle serves as the chairman of global investments at Cerberus Capital Management. His son Ben Quayle was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010, but failed to win re-election in 2012.