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Rosellini : immigrants' son and progressive governor

Author: Payton Smith
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Albert Dean Rosellini served two terms as governor of the state of Washington, from 1957 through 1964. In an era now commonly thought of as conservative and complacent, he was an activist leader whose main causes are mirrored in contemporary politics. In this portrait of Albert D. Rosellini's early life and active career in politics, Payton Smith depicts an energetic, pragmatic statesman in a region just moving into
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Albert D Rosellini; Albert D Rosellini
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Payton Smith
ISBN: 0295975954 9780295975955
OCLC Number: 36074371
Description: x, 271 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The early years --
The State Senate and a political agenda --
Legislative priorities --
Statewide investigations --
The first campaign for Governor --
Public perceptions: a politician practicing law --
Langlie and Rosellini --
Launching an administration --
Budget reform --
Institutional reform --
Higher education --
Economic development --
The second Lake Washington bridge --
Taxes and the 1960 campaign --
Rosellini, Evans, and the 1964 campaign --
The campaigns of 1969 and 1972 --
Epilogue and conclusion.
Responsibility: Payton Smith.
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Albert Dean Rosellini served two terms as governor of the state of Washington, from 1957 through 1964. In an era now commonly thought of as conservative and complacent, he was an activist leader whose main causes are mirrored in contemporary politics. In this portrait of Albert D. Rosellini's early life and active career in politics, Payton Smith depicts an energetic, pragmatic statesman in a region just moving into political and economic maturity.

More than any other person, Rosellini was responsible for the long overdue restructuring of the state's prison and mental health systems, introducing both fiscal and human accountability. His interest in transportation led to the Evergreen Point, Hood Canal, Astoria-Megler, and Goldendale bridges as well as an expanded highway system. His reforms in state budgeting brought the state's financial decisions into the daylight, making detailed scrutiny and accountability possible for the first time, while his work on commerce and trade helped bring the state into its modern position as a player in the Pacific Rim economies.

He was a legislative father of the University of Washington's medical/dental schools, and his support of higher education enriched the state's universities and colleges and created a sound, comprehensive junior college system.

A warm, caring man with a genuine empathy for people, Rosellini played out his political career against the evolving attitudes toward ethnicity and class in Washington State and the nation. As a shrewd politician, he was quick to utilize the power of the media to shape issues and campaigns. Always controversial, he was suspected of corruption and illegal ties to liquor and gambling, simply on the basis of his Italian background. Yet in many areas he left a legacy that has allowed the state to prosper and flourish. The story of Rosellini's strengths and weaknesses, and how they contributed to his success as a governor detracted from his ability to exercise political leadership, is a unique part of Washington's history.

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