Pat Williams recalls serving as a representative from Butte, Montana, in the Montana legislature, and serving in the U.S. House as a representative from Montana from the 1960s through the 1990s. He discusses the Montana delegation from Butte and his own actions, as well as those of other Butte legislators in the Montana House. Williams recalls leaving the Montana legislature to work as a staffer for John Melcher in the U.S. House. He describes his return to Montana, working in education, his first, defeated bid for the U.S. House, and his subsequent successful bid and election. He discusses the various committees he worked on, and his interactions with other representatives like Morris Udall, Tip O’Neill, and Mike Lowry. He recalls particular legislation he pushed to pass, as well as his work on subjects like labor, wilderness, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Native American recognition.
Butte, Montana; Helena, Montana; Mather, Bill; Battin, James F.; Christiansen, Bill; Melcher, John; Williams, Griff; Williams Carol; O’Neill, Tip; Washington, D.C.; Capitol Hill; National Mall; Lincoln Memorial; Olsen, Arnold; Baucus, Max; Mountain Plains Education Program; Shoup, Dick; Mansfield, Mike; Metcalf, Lee; Turman, George; Lynch, J.D.; Bradley, Dorothy; Kimble, Gary; Waltermire, Jim; Rankin, Jeannette; National Statuary Hall; Udall, Morris; Lowry, Mike; Richardson, Bill; Wright, Jim; McCain, John; Reagan, Ronald; Infant and Toddlers’ Disability Act; Burns, Conrad; Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness Act; National Endowment for the Arts; Helms, Jesse; Mapplethorpe, Robert; Marlenee, Ron; Linderman, Frank; Rocky Boy’s Reservation; Montana politics and government, 20th century; U.S. politics and government, 20th century
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Williams, Pat, "Pat Williams Interview, November 23, 2015" (2015). Bob Brown Oral History Project. OH 396-076.