New Senators' Orientation Program
Richard A. Baker: Senate Historian
“I realized pretty quickly that this room is a magnificent prop.”
Former Senate Historian Baker and Assistant Senate Historian Katherine Scott discuss the development of the formal orientation program for newly elected senators, which include the Senate Historian giving a talk in the historic Old Senate Chamber.
Richard A. Arenberg: Staff to Senators Paul Tsongas, George Mitchell and Carl Levin
“I always said the worst of all worlds is to be a newly elected senator with a House office, because everybody knows where to bring the resumes.”
Arenberg describes to Senate Historian Donald Ritchie the differences between setting up a new senator’s office and setting up a new representative’s office.
Floyd M. Riddick: Senate Parliamentarian
“I think they are planning to put on…what you might call a mini-school for a few days.”
Interviewed in November, 1978, Senate Parliamentarian Floyd Riddick describes the early Senate orientation programs and how new senators can best learn Senate procedure.