William B. Saxbe

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William Bart Saxbe (born June 24, 1916) was a Republican Party politician who served as the United States Senator from Ohio and Attorney General of the United States under President's Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

After serving in World War II, he pursued a law degree from The Ohio State University. While practicing law he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. He served as House majority leader in 1951 and 1952, and as speaker of the House in 1953 and 1954. In 1956 Saxbe was elected Attorney General of Ohio. In 1968 he was elected to the United States Senate. Saxbe angered Washington insiders after saying "The first six months I kept wondering how I got [here]. After that, I started wondering how all of them did." He was frustrated by the pace of legislation in Congress. In response he worked to develop a two-track system of moving legislation through the Senate. It allowed less controversial bills to move through the legislative process quicker, while more volatile measures were allowed for more debate a discussion. In 1973, Saxbe was appointed Attorney General of the United States by President Nixon. In December 1974 he resigned to serve as U.S. ambassador to India.

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