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Oral History Project | Martin Gold

Counsel to the Senate Republican Leader

Marty Gold is considered one of the foremost experts on Senate procedure. Gold joined the staff of Senator Mark Hatfield in 1972, and in 1976 he became Hatfield’s staff appointment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The following year he was made minority counsel to the Senate Rules Committee. In 1979, the Senate Republican leader, Howard Baker, recruited Gold as his procedural specialist, a role he continued to perform until his departure from the Senate in 1982. Frequently mentioned as a possible Senate parliamentarian, Gold repeatedly declined to accept the position on the grounds that the nonpartisan post would best be filled by promotion from within that office. In 2002, however, following a sudden and unexpected change in Senate Republican leadership, Gold accepted an invitation from Senator William Frist to return to the majority leader’s office as a counsel on procedural matters. His oral history therefore offers some unique insights from inside and outside the Senate from 1972 to 2004.

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"Martin Gold, Counsel to the Senate Republican Leader, 1979-1982, 2003-2004,” Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.

Disclaimer: The Senate Historical Office has a strong commitment to oral history as an important part of its efforts to document institutional change over time. Oral histories are a natural component to historical research and enhance the archival holdings of the Senate and its members. Oral histories represent the personal recollections and opinions of the interviewees, however, and should not be considered as the official views or opinions of the U.S. Senate, of the Senate Historical Office, or of other senators and/or staff members. The transcripts of these oral histories are made available by the Senate Historical Office as a public service.