Joseph Maxwell (Max) CLELAND, Congress, GA (1942)

Senate Years of Service:
1997- 2003

CLELAND Joseph Maxwell (Max) , a Senator from Georgia; born in Atlanta, Ga., August 24, 1942; grew up in Lithonia and graduated from Lithonia High School 1960; graduated from Stetson University, DeLand, Fla. 1964; received a Master's degree from Emory University 1968; served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain 1965-1968; wounded in combat in Vietnam; member of the Georgia state senate 1971-1975; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor 1974; consultant to Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs 1975, professional Senate staff member 1975-1977; appointed administrator of United States Veterans Administration by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, and served until 1981; Georgia Secretary of State 1982-1996; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1996, and served from January 3, 1997 to January 3, 2003; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2002.


Cleland, Max. Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009; Cleland, Max. Strong at the Broken Places: A Personal Story. Atlanta: Cherokee Publishing Co., 1986.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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