Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) was first elected to the Senate in 1994. He graduated in 1974 from Princeton University, where he specialized in health care policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in 1978 he graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in both general surgery and heart surgery. While on the teaching faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he founded and subsequently directed the multi-disciplinary Vanderbilt Transplant Center. He has written widely on transplant procedures. In the Senate, he serves on the Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees. He chairs both the Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety and the Subcommittee on African Affairs. In 1999, he was named a Deputy Whip of the Senate; in 2000 Frist was chosen to head the National Republican Senatorial Committee; and in 2001 he was named one of two Congressional representatives to the United Nations General Assembly. Frist is now the Senate’s Liaison to The White House.