The Senate Disbursing Office pays the salaries of senators and staff, and keeps the Senate's financial records. Bill Ridgely started as a clerk, became head bookkeeper, and rose to Financial Clerk. He recounts the dramatic growth in Senate staff, the impact of computers, and the Disbursing Office's dealings with the Appropriations and Rules committees. Later, as Assistant Secretary of the Senate, he handled the Senate's participation in the International Parliamentary Union, including an eventful meeting in Havana, Cuba.
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Citation:Scholarly citation: "William A. Ridgely, Senate Financial Clerk and Assistant Secretary of the Senate," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.