John Mercer Interview, April 2, 2010


John A. Mercer


Bob Brown



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John Mercer describes his early experiences in the Montana House and fellow legislators including Dave Brown, Francis Bardanouve, Jack Ramirez, John Vincent, Hal Harper, Bob Thoft, John Harp, Fred Thomas, and Fred Van Valkenburg. He talks about his leadership philosophy as Speaker and the role of the Republicans in the Montana Legislature during the nineties. He also discusses governors Ted Schwinden, Marc Racicot, Stan Stephens, Judy Martz, and Brian Schweitzer.


Oral History


Bardanouve, Francis, 1917-2002; Brown, Dave, 1948-; Harp, John G., 1952-; Harper, Hal, 1948-; Mercer, John A., 1957-; Martz, Judy; Mercer, John A., 1957-; Racicot, Marc; Ramirez, Jack, 1939-; Schweitzer, Brian, 1955-; Schwinden, Ted; Stephens, Stan; Thoft, Bob, 1929-; Thomas, Fred, 1958-; Van Valkenburg, Fred R.; Vincent, John C., 1942-; Montana. Legislature; Montana. Legislature. House of Representatives; Montana. Legislature. House of Representatives; Republican Party Montana; Republican Party U.S. : 1854-; Ex-legislators; Governors

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number


Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disc (89 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (30 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

89 minutes

Local Filename

oh396_65.mp3; OH396-65.pdf

John Mercer Interview, April 2, 2010
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