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G. William Hoagland Staff Director, Senate Budget Committee; Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader (1975–2007)

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For 30 years, G. William Hoagland participated on the front lines of the annual battles over the federal budget. In 1975 he became one of the first staff members of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In 1981 President Ronald Reagan appointed him as administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, and he also served as special assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture. Hoagland returned to Capitol Hill in 1982, serving first as a group leader and senior analyst and then alternately as staff director and minority staff director of the Senate Budget Committee for the next 20 years. Working with the committee’s chairman, New Mexico senator Pete Domenici, he participated in the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget reform legislation, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, and the 1995 Balanced Budget Agreement. In 2003 Senate majority leader Bill Frist appointed him a policy advisor on budget and financial matters, a position he held until he retired from the Senate in 2007.


Scholarly citation: "G. William Hoagland: Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee, Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader,” Oral History Interviews, November 28, 2006, to August 30, 2007, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.

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