John C. Danforth, the former United States Senator and partner with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP, will be nominated for election to the Time Warner Board of Directors at the company's annual meeting of shareholders in May.
In making the announcement, Time Warner Chairman and CEO Gerald M. Levin said, "John Danforth is an exceptional business and civic leader of unparalleled integrity. The Time Warner Board will benefit from his experience and knowledge in the areas of telecommunications and international trade. His expertise, commitment and vision will add new dimension to our distinguished board."
Danforth was elected Attorney General of Missouri in 1968. His electionæthe first statewide victory for a Republican in more than 20 yearsæbegan a period of reform and two-party politics in Missouri. He was re-elected Attorney General in 1972, elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976, and re-elected in 1982 and 1988.
Danforth represented the State of Missouri in the United States Senate for 18 years. Prior to his retirement from the Senate at the end of 1994, Danforth ranked 21st in seniority among the 100 senators and served on three key committees: the Committee on Finance; Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Danforth is also president of InterACT-St. Louis (Interfaith Action for Children Today), a not-for-profit organization he founded in January 1995 to create opportunities for church members of all faiths to help inner city youth. InterACT-St. Louis seeks to generate broad-based awareness of the plight of St. Louis' children, forge relationships among congregations of diverse religious faiths, and create alliances between congregations and existing organizations which serve disadvantaged youth.
In August 1996, Danforth became chairman of St. Louis 2004, a twelve-county, citizen-based effort to revitalize the region through improvements in economic growth, education, capital projects, health care, the arts, culture and citizenship. In the spring of 1997, Danforth became chairman of the Danforth Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by his grandparents, William H. and Adda Danforth, in 1927.
Additionally, Danforth serves on the boards of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the Concord Coalition. He also serves on the corporate boards of Cerner Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company and General American Life Insurance Company.
A fifth generation Missourian, Danforth was born on September 5, 1936, in St. Louis and raised in nearby Clayton. He received his secondary education at St. Louis Country Day School and graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1958. In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale Law School. Before seeking public office, Danforth practiced law in New York City and St. Louis.
Danforth and his wife, the former Sally Dobson of St. Louis, live in St. Louis County. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
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