BREAUX, John Berlinger (1944-)

BREAUX, JOHN BERLINGER, a Representative and a Senator from Louisiana; born in Crowley, La., March 1, 1944; graduated, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, 1964; graduated, Louisiana State University Law School, Baton Rouge, 1967; practiced law; assistant to Representative Edwin W. Edwards 1968-1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second Congress in a special election, September 30, 1972, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edwin Edwards; reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from September 30, 1972 to January 3, 1987; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1986, but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1986; reelected in 1992 and 1998, and served from January 3, 1987, to January 3, 2005; was not a candidate for reelection in 2004; chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (1989-1991).

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1933, 1938, 1963, 1970-2004 (bulk 1987-2004) Ca.781 linear feet. Correspondence, briefing books, bills, reports, testimony transcripts, research files, casework, news releases, printed materials, audio-visual and electronic files, photographs and memorabilia documenting the political and U.S. Congressional career of Louisiana Representative (1972-1986) and Senator (1987-2004) John B. Breaux, and the work of his office. The collection is organized into the following subgroups or sections: U. S. Senate, Political, Social, and U.S. House of Representatives. Senate records reflect the work of Senator Breaux and his staffers on legislation, committee work, representing the interests of Louisiana and her citizens to Congress and government agencies, and the inner workings of a congressional office and activities of elected officials. House records contain similar materials. Political papers relate to Breaux’s elections and campaigns, his leadership roles in the Democratic Party, and centrist groups. Social files include memorabilia and relate primarily to the Washington Mardi Gras. Access Restrictions House committee records are restricted for thirty years and Senate committee records are restricted for twenty years from the date of creation. (See Rules XI and XXVI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and Senate Rules XI and XXVI 10 (a), and S. Res. 474, 96th Congress.) Commission files will follow the same rules and procedures. Appointment files are also restricted for fifteen years from January 1 of the year of their creation. Due to their condition, use of scrapbooks requires permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, as does access to original VIP items in the vault. Photocopies of the latter are available in the folders from which the originals were removed. Finding aid available online.

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