Here is a look at the life of Trent Lott, former Republican senator from Mississippi.
Personal: Birth date: October 9, 1941
Birth place: Grenada, Mississippi
Birth name: Chester Trent Lott
Father: Chester Paul Lott, shipyard worker
Mother: Iona (Watson) Lott, school teacher
Marriage: Patricia (Thompson) Lott (1964-present)
Children: Chester; Tyler (daughter)
Education: University of Mississippi, B.S., 1963; University of Mississippi (Oxford), J.D., 1967
Other Facts: The Lott family home in Pascagoula, Mississippi was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Lott was originally a member of the Democrat Party but switched on the eve of his first campaign in 1972.
Timeline: 1967 - Passes the Mississippi Bar and joins the law firm Bryan & Gordon as an associate.
1968-1972 - Moves to D.C. to become an aide to Congressman William M. Colmer, representing Mississippi's Fifth District.
1972 - Trent Lott is elected to Colmer's seat after he decides not to run for re-election.
May 1974 - Is the youngest member of the House Judiciary Committee that held hearings to decide whether there was enough evidence against President Richard Nixon to call for his impeachment. Votes against Nixon's impeachment.
1981-1989 - Is elected as the House minority whip.
1988 - Is elected to the U.S. Senate.
1989-2007 - Is Mississippi's four-term Republican senator.
1994 - Is elected Senate majority whip, the first person to be elected to the position of whip in both the House and Senate.
1995-1996 - Is elected Republican party whip.
1996-2001; 2002 - Is elected to Senate Majority Leader.
December 5, 2002 - At a function honoring outgoing Senator Strom Thurmond, says in regards to his state of Mississippi voting for Thurmond in the 1948 presidential election - "We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either."
December 10, 2002 - Lott appears on Black Entertainment Television and apologizes for the remark.
December 12, 2002 - President Bush rebukes Lott for the comments, saying any suggestion that segregation was acceptable is "offensive and it is wrong." The Congressional Black Caucus releases a statement, calling for a "formal censure of Sen. Lott's racist remarks."