A Veteran Member

By Jim Stasny, House, 1962 I don’t ever recall “just another day” as a House Page. Before the House was called to order, a mix of people gathered in the well including members with a motive or a message to sell, perhaps a senior staff person or two, and reporters in...

Looks Like a Problem

By Jim Stasny, House, 1962 In the summer of 1962, Edward McCormack, Jr. campaigned to become the Democratic nominee in the election to fill the Senate seat once held by John F. Kennedy. McCormack had competition in the primary: Edward M. Kennedy. The primary was...

Debate Humor

by Ellen McConnell Blakeman, Senate, 1972 The primary audience for Senate debate was the pages – since for the most part, remarks were delivered to a chamber empty of actual Senators. While much of what was offered up as stirring rhetoric fell short, on occasion, the...