Until nominated to serve as President Bush's Representative to the United Nations in June 2004, former United States Senator John C. Danforth was a partner with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP, a diversified national and international law practice. With 800 lawyers, Bryan Cave ranks among the 20 largest law firms in the United States . In September, 1999, Danforth was appointed Special Counsel by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco , Texas .
On September 6, 2001, President Bush appointed Danforth as Special Envoy for Peace to Sudan in northern Africa, representing the U.S. government in ongoing peace talks to help settle the 17 year old civil war between the northern and southern Sudanese. Danforth represented the State of Missouri in the United States Senate for 18 years. Prior to his retirement from the Senate at the end of 1994, Danforth ranked 21st in seniority among the 100 senators and served on three key committees: the Committee on Finance; Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Select Committee on Intelligence. While in the Senate, Danforth was active in numerous efforts important to the State of Missouri and to the nation including efforts to reign in the unbridled growth of entitlements, reduce the deficit, encourage long-term economic growth, improve education, reduce hunger and malnutrition throughout the world, and increase production of affordable housing. Danforth was elected Attorney General of Missouri in 1968 in his first race for public office. He was re-elected Attorney General in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and re-elected in 1982 and 1988. Danforth was the first U.S. Senator from Missouri to chair a major legislative committee since World War I and the first Republican in the history of the state elected to three terms as U.S. Senator. A fifth generation Missourian, Danforth was born on September 5, 1936 in St. Louis , and raised in nearby Clayton. He received his secondary education a St. Louis Country Day School and graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1958.
In 1963 he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree form Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale Law School . Before seeking public office, Danforth practiced law in New York City and St. Louis . He is ordained to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. He has served as honorary associate at St. Alban's Church in Washington, a member of the governing board of Washington Cathedral, honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, associate priest at the Church of the Holy Communion in University City, assistant rector at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, associate rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City, assistant rector at the Church of the Epiphany in New York City, and assistant chaplain for New York's Memorial Sloan-Kattering Cancer Center.
He has received honorary degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Washington University, Lindenwood College, Lewis and Clark College, Drury College, Rockhurst College, Westminster College, Culver-Stockton College, William Jewell College, Indiana Central University, Southwest Baptist College, Maryville College, St. Louis University, Virginia Theological Seminary, Harris-Stowe College, and the College of the Holy Cross. Danforth and his wife, the former Sally Dobson of St. Louis , live in St. Louis County . They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Our Prayers are with him as he starts on his new work. – Office of the Anglican Observer at the UN.