A journalist who had reported for various newspapers and for the Congressional Quarterly, Pat Holt joined the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1950. Because of his ability to speak Spanish, he became the committee's specialist in Latin American relations in 1958. Shortly afterwards came Vice President
's ill-fated tour of South America, ending with the storming of his limousine in Venezuela, and then Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba. Latin American relations assumed an increasingly important position on the committee's agenda. In 1965, suspicions over the
administration's version of conditions in the Dominican Republic gave Holt a unique opportunity to examine State Department and CIA records. His findings played a part in Chairman
J. William Fulbright
's break with the Johnson administration. Holt later served as chief of staff under the chairmanships of Fulbright and
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Citation:Scholarly citation: "Pat M. Holt, Chief of Staff, Foreign Relations Committee" Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.