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Oral History List

Oral History Interviews Open for Research

Since 1976 the Senate Historical Office has interviewed long-time staff and senators. These interviews cover the breadth of the 20th century and now the 21st century, and include a diverse group of personalities who witnessed events first-hand. Read more about the Senate Oral History project here.

Richard A. ArenbergRichard A. Arenberg
Staff to Senators Paul Tsongas, George Mitchell and Carl Levin (1975-2009).
Francis J. AttigFrancis J. Attig
Official Reporter of Debates (1952-1974)
Richard A. BakerRichard A. Baker
Senate Historian (1975-2009)
Richard G. Baker Robert G. Baker
Senate Page and Chief Telephone Page (1942-1953), Secretary to the Majority (1953-1963)
Leonard H. BallardLeonard H. Ballard
Inspector, United States Capitol Police (1947-1984)
Dennis BrezinaDennis Brezina
Staff, Science Policy Research Division, Legislative Reference Service; Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Government Research; Legislative Assistant to Senator Gaylord Nelson
Charles Sergeant CaldwellCharles Sergeant Caldwell
Aide to Senator Ralph Yarborough (1957-1970)
1937 Capitol SwitchboardCapitol Telecommunications, 1970-2006
Gregory S. CaseyGregory S. Casey
Chief of Staff of Senator Larry Craig (1991-1996), Senate Sergeant at Arms, 1996-1998)
Donald J. DetwilerDonald J. Detwiler
Senate Page (1917-1918)
Rufus EdmistenRufus Edmisten
Staff to Senator Sam Ervin and Deputy Chief Counsel, Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate Committee) (1964-1974)
Roy L. ElsonRoy Elson
Administrative Assistant to Senator Carl Hayden and Candidate for the United States Senate (1955-1969)
Grover W. EnsleyGrover W. Ensley
Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee (1949-1957)
Female PagesFemale Pages
Ellen McConnell Blakeman, Paulette Desell-Lund, and Julie Price (1971-1972)
Charles D. FerrisCharles D. Ferris
Staff Director, Senate Democratic Policy Committee (1963-1977)
Martin Gold Martin Gold
Counsel to Senator Mark Hatfield, 1972-1976; Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1976-1977; Counsel to the Senate Rules Committee, 1977-1979; Counsel to the Senate Republican Leader, 1979-1982, 2003-2004
Linda GustitusLinda Gustitus
Legislative Assistant, Senator Carl Levin, 1979-1980; Chief Counsel and Staff Director, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 1980-2001; Chief of Staff to Senator Carl Levin, 2001-2003
Brian HallenBrian Hallen
Senate Enrolling Clerk (1986-1995)
William F. HledenbrandWilliam F. Hildenbrand
Assistant to Senator J. Caleb Boggs (1961-1969); Administrative Assistant to Senator Hugh Scott (1969-1974); Secretary to the Minority (1974-1981); Secretary of the Senate (1981-1985)
G. William HoaglandG. William Hoagland
Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee and Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader
F. Nordy HoffmanF. Nordy Hoffman
Sergeant at Arms (1975-1981)
Pat M. HoltPat M. Holt
Chief of Staff, Foreign Relations Committee (1974-1977)
Michael A. JohnsonMichael A. Johnson
Deputy Assistant Sergeant at Arms
Kelly D. Johnston Kelly D. Johnston
Staff Director, Senate Republican Policy Committee, Secretary of the Senate (1992-1996)
Ted KaufmanEdward E. (Ted) Kaufman
Staff to Senator Joe Biden (1973-1994), United States Senator (2009-2010).
J. Keith Kennedy J. Keith Kennedy
Staff Director/Clerk of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms
Joseph Stanley KimmittJoseph Stanley Kimmitt
Secretary for the Majority (1965-1976) and Secretary of the Senate (1977-1981)
John D. LaneJohn D. Lane
Administrative Assistant to Senator Brien McMahon (1949-1952)
Elizabeth LetchworthElizabeth Letchworth
Page, Floor Assistant, Republican Party Secretary (1975-2001)
J. Franklin LittleJ. Franklin Little
Senate Page (1910-1912)
Chuck LudlamChuck Ludlam
Counsel; Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, Senate Judiciary Committee (1975-1979), Joint Economic Committee (1982-1985), Senate Small Business Committee (1985-1993), Senator Joseph Lieberman (2001-2005)
Carl M. MarcyCarl M. Marcy
Chief of Staff, Foreign Relations Committee (1955-1973)
Stewart E. McClureStewart E. McClure
Chief Clerk, Senate Committee on Labor, Education, and Public Welfare (1949-1973)
Christine S. McCrearyChristine S. McCreary
Staff of Senators Stuart Symington (1953-1977) and John Glenn (1977-1998)
Scott McGearyScott McGeary
Senate Page
Roy L. McGheeRoy L. McGhee
Superintendent of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery
Carol Moseley BraunCarol Moseley Braun
United States Senator from Illinois (1993-1999)
Richard MurphyRichard W. Murphy
Legislative Assistant to Senator Hugh Scott (1964-1969)
Jesse R. NicholsJesse R. Nichols
Government Documents Clerk and Librarian, Senate Committee on Finance (1937-1971)
Martin P. PaoneMartin P. Paone
Senate Democratic Cloakroom Staff; Minority and Majority Secretary
Scott I. PeekScott I. Peek
Administrative Assistant to Senator George A. Smathers
W. Lee RawlsW. Lee Rawls
Staff Director to Senators Pete Domenici and Bill Frist (1975-2005)
Warren Featherstone ReidWarren Featherstone Reid
Assistant to Warren G. Magnuson, 1949-1981
Floyd M. RiddickFloyd M. Riddick
Senate Parliamentarian (1964-1974)
William A. RidgelyWilliam A. Ridgely
Senate Financial Clerk and Assistant Secretary of the Senate (1949-1981)
Arthur J. RynearsonArthur J. Rynearson
Office of the Senate Legislative Counsel, 1976-2003
Dorothye G. ScottDorothye G. Scott
Administrative Assistant to the Senate Democratic Secretary and to the Secretary of the Senate (1945-1977)
Howard E. ShumanHoward E. Shuman
Administrative Assistant to Senators Paul Douglas and William Proxmire (1955-1983)
George A. SmathersGeorge A. Smathers
United States Senator from Florida (1951-1969)
Darrell St. ClaireDarrell St. Claire
Administrative Secretary of the Senate (1966-1977)
George TamesGeorge Tames
Washington Photographer for The New York Times (1945-1985)
George TamesFrancis R. Valeo
Secretary of the Senate, 1966-1977; Secretary to the Majority, 1963-1966; Administrative Assistant to Senator Mike Mansfield, 1958-1963
Rein J. Vander ZeeRein J. Vander Zee
Administrative Assistant to the Majority Whip and Assistant Secretary of the Majority (1961-1964)
J. Robert VastineJ. Robert Vastine
Staff Director, Senate Republican Conference, (1985-1991)
Jerry T. VerklerJerry T. Verkler
Staff Director of the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee (1963-1974)
Ruth Young WattRuth Young Watt
Chief Clerk, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 1948-1979
Jade West Jade West
Executive director of the Senate Steering Committee (1982-1996) and Staff Director of the Republican Policy Committee (1996-2002)
Francis O. WilcoxFrancis O. Wilcox
Chief of Staff, Foreign Relations Committee (1947-1955)
Timothy S. Wineman Timothy S. Wineman
Senate Financial Clerk (1970-2005)
Disclaimer: The Senate Historical Office has a strong commitment to oral history as an important part of its efforts to document institutional change over time. Oral histories are a natural component to historical research and enhance the archival holdings of the Senate and its members. Oral histories represent the personal recollections and opinions of the interviewees, however, and should not be considered as the official views or opinions of the U.S. Senate, of the Senate Historical Office, or of other senators and/or staff members. The transcripts of these oral histories are made available by the Senate Historical Office as a public service.