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Jerry T. Verkler Chief of Staff, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee (1956–1974)

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The Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee had jurisdiction over all legislation dealing with public lands and territories, national parks and battlefields, forest reserves, irrigation and reclamation, water supply and mineral resources. Increasingly, the committee also handled environmental and energy issues. Jerry Verkler joined the committee's staff in 1961, under the chairmanship of Clinton P. Anderson and became staff director under Henry M. Jackson. Verkler particularly played a leading role in passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, which created the National Wilderness System, and the act establishing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


Scholarly citation: "Jerry Verkler, Staff Director of the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, 1963–1974," Oral History Interviews, January 30 to February 3, 1992, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.

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