William H. Frist of Tennessee, the son of a physician and educator, earned his bachelor’s degree Frist was elected to the United States Senate in 1994 after working as a surgeon for 16 years, specializing in heart and lung transplants. He was the first practicing physician to serve in that body since 1928.
During his time in the Senate, he continued to participate in yearly medical missions to underprivileged nations. Senator Frist was elected head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2000. Frist was chosen as the Senate Republican Conference’s floor leader two years later. As majority leader, he championed measures to combat HIV/AIDS across the world, improve Medicare to include prescription medication coverage for seniors, lower taxes, and accomplish K-12 education reform. In 2007, Majority Leader Frist announced his retirement.
Inspiring Talks by Senator Bill Frist
- “Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration.”
- “It is our duty and our privilege to keep America moving forward.”
- “Every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education.”
- “We are a strong, robust, and prosperous nation. Optimism is the essence of our success. It drives our creativity and emboldens our entrepreneurial spirit. It is what makes us invest in the future and accomplish our highest aims.”
- “Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can’t help but reach for the stars. It’s our nature. It’s our destiny.”
- “I am pro-life. I believe human life begins at conception. I also believe that embryonic stem cell research should be encouraged and supported.”
- “The enemies of freedom will not prevail.”
- “Congress should be forward-thinking in the policies we set, instead of waiting until catastrophe looms.”
- “America is moving forward and gaining strength. We have been tested, and we have proven ourselves to be a tough, resilient and resourceful nation.”
- “America enjoys the best health care in the world, but the best is no good if folks can’t afford it, access it and doctors can’t provide it.”
- “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”