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Kelly D. Johnston
Staff Director, Senate Republican Policy Committee, and Secretary of the Senate (1992-1996)

Kelly Johnston served on the staffs of both the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, as well as on the staffs of three Republican representatives, before becoming the staff director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Majority leader Bob Dole designated Johnston to become secretary of the Senate in 1995. The Senate then formally elected him to the post. As secretary, he oversaw much of the day-to-day operations of the institution, from the Senate floor to the support staff in a variety of offices, ranging from the Disbursing Office to the Stationery Room. As secretary of the Senate Johnston became a key official in implementing the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which significantly changed employment practices on Capitol Hill. He also became closely involved in a major revision of lobbying registration. In these interviews, Johnston shares his observations of the people and the political events of the 1980s and 1990s.

Table of Contents:
1) The Road to Washington,1-15
2) From the House to the Senate,16-62
3) Congressional Accountability,63-103
4) Secretary of the Senate,104-133
5) Managing the Senate,134-169
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Kelly D. Johnston
Citation:  Scholarly citation: "Kelly D. Johnston: Staff Director, Senate Republican Policy Committee, and Secretary of the Senate (1992-1996),” Oral History Interviews, July 29, 1996 to February 10, 1997, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.

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