Joseph Robert "Bob" Kerrey (born August 27, 1943) served in the United States Navy as a member of the SEALs from 1966 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. He lost the lower part of one leg in combat and received the Medal of Honor for action near Nha Trang Bay in South Vietnam on 14 March 1969. He moved into politics and became the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and a United States Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992. From 2001 to 2010, Kerrey served as president of The New School, a university in New York City and s currently seeking election to his old Senate seat, to replace the retiring Democratic incumbent Ben Nelson.
Senator Kerrey was born in Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended the public schools, graduating from Lincoln Northeast High School. He credits Bob Reese, his chemistry teacher, for inspiring his pursuit of a career in the sciences. He went on to earn a degree in pharmacy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1966. Kerrey pledged Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and during his senior year he was tackled into the Society of Innocents, the chancellor's senior honorary society of spirit boosters.
California Coastal Swim
Senator Kerrey will participate in the California Coastal Swim, the Night Train Swimmers's attempt to set the world record for the longest non-stop ocean relay swim in history with its planned 228-mile (367 km) attempt to swim down the California coast from Point Conception to Coronado in August 2013. He will finish the swim along the California coast with Mike Thornton, captain Vito Bialla (Phil Cutti, David Holscher, Zach Jirkovsky, Luane Rowe, Blair Cannon, and Grace van der Byl).