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Senate Voices: Idea of the Senate


Photo of Richard Arenberg

“When you spend a lot of time in the Senate, you come to realize, as I always say, that these offices are 100 feudal fiefdoms, each with its own prince or princess, and its own currency, its own structure, its own culture.”

Richard A. Arenberg: Staff to Senators Paul Tsongas, George Mitchell and Carl Levin

Describing what makes the Senate so unique, Richard Arenberg discusses the challenges of studying the institution with Senate historian Donald Ritchie.


Floyd M. Riddick

“The precedents of the Senate are just as significant as the rules of the Senate.”

Floyd M. Riddick: Senate Parliamentarian

Former Senate Parliamentarian Floyd Riddick describes how procedural decisions made in the Senate become de facto rules of the Senate.