Fred Van Valkenburg Interview, June 23, 2009


Bob Brown



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Fred Van Valkenburg, describes his Catholic upbringing and how that, along with John Kennedy's presidency, inspired him to run for public office. He reminisces about his years as the Montana Senate's Majority Leader and serving with Representatives Jean Turnage, Matt Himsl, Francis Bardanouve, and others. He discusses working with Montana governors Tom Judge, Ted Schwinden, Stan Stephens, and Marc Racicot. He recalls legislation like deregulation and the coal tax.

Document Type

Oral History


Bardanouve, Francis, 1917-2002; Himsl, Matt, 1912-2006; Judge, Thomas L.; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Racicot, Marc; Schwinden, Ted.; Stephens, Stan; Turnage, Jean A., 1926-; Van Valkenburg, Fred R.; Montana. Legislature. Senate; Catholic men; Coal; Deregulation; 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 (94 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (27 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

94 minutes

Local Filename

oh396_60.mp3; OH396-60.pdf

Fred Van Valkenburg Interview, June 23, 2009
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