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  • QA with Betty Koed
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    Q&A with Betty Koed

    Senate Historian Betty Koed talked about key moments in Senate history, as well as the work done by her office.

  • Former Senate Majority Leader Senator Robert Dole on His Career and the Senate
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    Senate Leader Lecture - Bob Dole

    In often humorous remarks, former Senate Majority Leader Dole spoke about his Senate career, the collegial nature of the Senate, and several colleagues who influenced him. The senator also gives his…

  • Senator Robert Byrd on the History of the Senate
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    Senate Leader Lecture - Robert Byrd

    Senator Byrd (D-WV) spoke about the history of the Senate and its role in American society. He specifically discussed the powers and responsibilities bestowed on senators by the Constitution,…

  • Senator Mitch McConnell Interview
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    Senator Mitch McConnell Interview

    Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talked about the Senate’s history and meaning in a 2010 interview.

  • emThe Senate 17891989em
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    The Senate: 1789-1989

    Senator Robert Byrd commemorated 200 years of Senate history in his recent book, The Senate: 1789-1989. The book consists of speeches Senator Byrd delivered on the floor of the Senate about its history.

  • Reception Honoring Senator Barbara Mikulski
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    Reception Honoring Senator Barbara Mikulski

    Mikulski (D-MD) was recognized as the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. ... Senate history when she was sworn in to her fifth term on January 5, 2011. ... House of Representatives as the Congresswoman from Maryland's third district, and was first elected to the Senate in 1986.

  • The Senate and the Political System
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    The Senate and the Political System

    Richard Baker provided historical perspective on the role of the Senate in the U.S. political system. He was the first Senate historian and retired after 35 years in 2009. Topics included Senate history, procedures, and personalities.

  • Judicial Nominations
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    Judicial Nominations

    They discussed the Senate history of the use of the constitutional option. The Republicans also talked about their intention to use this option to block the Senate filibuster for judicial nominees.