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Honor in the House : Speaker Tom Foley

Author: Jeffrey R Biggs; Thomas S Foley
Publisher: Pullman : Washington State University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1964, thirty-five-year-old Tom Foley filed for Washington's Fifth District congressional seat despite conventional wisdom that he could never be elected. He defied that conventional wisdom by winning in 1964, and continued to win the largely Republican district for the next thirty years."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Biggs, Jeffrey R., 1941-
Honor in the House.
Pullman : Washington State University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607164638
Named Person: Thomas S Foley; Thomas S Foley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey R Biggs; Thomas S Foley
ISBN: 0874221722 9780874221725 0874221730 9780874221732
OCLC Number: 40861942
Description: xiii, 338 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Western roots --
Congress in the 1960s --
The 1970s: prelude to House leadership --
In the leadership: the Reagan years --
Majority leader --
Into the Maelstrom: the speakership --
A new democratic speaker with an established Republican president --
War without and war within --
Congress on the defensive: the "house bank" and other "scandals" --
The end of "gridlock" --
Unified government: looking for a majority --
Legislating a presidential agenda --
Unseating a Speaker: the 1994 reelection race --
What lies ahead, what's left behind.
Responsibility: Jeffrey R. Biggs, Thomas S. Foley ; foreword by Mike Mansfield.

Abstract:

"In 1964, thirty-five-year-old Tom Foley filed for Washington's Fifth District congressional seat despite conventional wisdom that he could never be elected. He defied that conventional wisdom by winning in 1964, and continued to win the largely Republican district for the next thirty years."--Jacket.

"In 1989 he became the first Westerner to serve as Speaker of the House, the most powerful position in Congress. He retained that position until defeated in the Republican landslide election of 1994. President Bill Clinton then appointed him Ambassador to Japan."--Jacket.

"Upon leaving Congress in 1994, Foley began a collaboration with his former press secretary, Jeffrey Biggs, to record his reminiscences of public life. It is also an insider's account of how Congress works, as Foley and Biggs reflect on virtually every significant political topic from the 1960s to the 1990s."--Jacket.

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