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Senator Takes Center Stage-- at His Wedding

June 30, 2002|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Fred Thompson, a onetime Hollywood movie actor and star of real-life political dramas, played the leading man again Saturday. This time it was at his wedding.

The Republican senator, who plans to retire when his term ends, married political and media specialist Jeri Kehn in a small, private ceremony in Naperville, Ill.

Thompson, 59, has known Kehn, 35, since they met on the Fourth of July in 1996.

Thompson announced his retirement in March after eight years in the Senate, where he became a GOP star.

Kehn, a political and media consultant, worked for the Senate Republican Conference and the Republican National Committee.

The 6-foot-6 Thompson played leading roles in two real-life dramas: chief Senate Republican lawyer during Watergate in the 1970s and Senate chairman for the hearings into the President Clinton fund-raising scandal in the 1990s.

Among his movie credits were the blockbusters "In the Line of Fire" and "The Hunt for Red October."

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