Trent Lott was a Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi from 1988 to December 2007. After his retirement from the United States Senate, Lott founded the Breaux Lott Leadership Group with former Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana, a partnership offering strategic advice, consulting and lobbying to a wide range of clients.
As the House Republican Whip in 1981, he forged the bipartisan alliance that enacted President Ronald Reagan’s economic recovery program and his national security initiatives. Part of the reason for this and other victories was Lott’s creation of the House of Representative’s first modern whip organization, focusing on regular member-to-member contacts and extensive outreach to sympathetic Democrats.
Elected to the Senate in 1988, he was a member of the group of pro-growth stalwarts who opposed the tax increase forced on President Bush in 1990. As the Republican leader during the first two years of President George W. Bush’s administration, Lott led the fight for passage of the president’s tax cut package, the president’s landmark education reform bill, the largest increase in defense spending since the Cold War, the most significant trade legislation in a decade and the resolution supporting the president on military action in Iraq.
In 2006, Lott was elected Senate Republican whip for the second time in his career. He is the only member of Congress to hold this position in both the House and Senate.