An Oral History after Years of Public Service


October 19, 2011

Richard Arenberg, who has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on the U.S. Congress and public policy at Northeastern for the last several years, had served as a staff-person for three separate senators over the span of more than three decades.  His positions enabled him to have a first-person view of several of the greatest events in the recent history of the U.S. Congress and the United States of America.  Recently he completed several interviews about his experiences with the Senate Historical Office which were published on October 19, 2011.  What follows is a brief introduction from the website and a link to read more about his years of service….

“Richard Arenberg came to Washington in 1975 to serve as legislative director for Representative Paul Tsongas. In 1978 he helped Tsongas win an upset election to the Senate, defeating the popular Massachusetts senator Edward Brooke. When Senator Tsongas chose not to run for reelection in 1984, Arenberg joined the staff of Maine senator George Mitchell. In 1987, he became Mitchell’s staff member on the Select Senate Iran-Contra Committee. In his spare time, Arenberg helped Senator Mitchell and Senator William Cohen to write their account of the investigation, Men of Zeal. Arenberg went on to become Mitchell’s chief of staff and special assistant for national security affairs. When Mitchell left the Senate, Arenberg became legislative director and deputy chief of staff to Senator Carl Levin. In this oral history interview, Richard Arenberg shares his memories of the senators for whom he worked and the landmark legislation they struggled to enact.”

Learn more about Richard’s years of service with the U.S. Congress.

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