James Sasser is a former United States senator and ambassador. With over three decades of experience, Senator Sasser provides clients with strategic counsel on a variety of topics, including public policy, media and international relations.
Senator Sasser was elected to the United States Senate from Tennessee in 1976 and served for nearly 20 years. During his time as a senator, he was chairman of a number of committees, including: the Senate Budget Committee; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Military Construction; the Banking Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy; and the Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on General Services, Federalism and the District of Columbia.
After leaving the Senate in 1995, Senator Sasser served as the United States ambassador to China from 1995 to 1999. Under his guidance, the delicate U.S.-China relations were led into the 21st century. Before assuming his post as ambassador to China, Senator Sasser served as a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, regent of the Smithsonian Institution and trustee of the Sgt. Alvin C. York Historical Association. He has also worked as an attorney in both Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
He presently serves on a number of boards, including the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society and is vice-chairman of the Committee on U.S.-China relations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.