Jerry Driscoll recounts highlights of his involvement in Montana government and politics as a labor union member and official, and a member of the Montana House of Representatives in the mid-to-late 20th century. He recalls his initial involvement in labor unions as a young construction worker, and his subsequent entrance into the Montana House of Representatives. Driscoll talks about many current and former members of the Montana AFL-CIO, and the state legislature. He discusses the Democratic Party’s transition in leadership from labor interests to environmental concerns, and the disappearance of major companies in Montana, like the Anaconda Copper Company and the Montana Power Company. Driscoll describes the increasing polarization in the Democratic and Republican parties, and his opinions on various politicians’ policies.
Billings, Montana; Teague, Wes; Montana AFL-CIO; Laborers’ union; Murry, Jim; Post, Ernie; Judge, Don; McNutt, Walter; Crosswhite, Joe; Umber, Jim; Montana Power Company; Williams, Larry; Montana sales tax; Western Environmental Trade Association; Montana Environmental Information Center; Northern Plains Resource Council; Sweeney, Pat; Ankney, Duane; Story, Pete; Towe, Tom; Montana Farmers Union; Schweitzer, Brian; Schwinden, Dore; Kelly, Keith; Colstrip, Montana; Anaconda Copper Company; Montana Power Company; PPL Electric; Manuel, Rex; Harp, John; Bradley, Dorothy; Brunner, Jo; Stephens, Stan; Bardanouve, Francis; Menahan, Red; Marks, Bob; Ramirez, Jack; Nordtvedt, Ken; Schwinden, Ted; Judge, Tom; Turnage, Jean; Thoft, Bob; 7 percent solution; Call of the House; Bradley, Dorothy; Good, Susan; Mercer, John; Workers’ compensation; Sweeney, Pat; Swanson, Carl; Hill, Rick; Racicot, Marc; Martz, Judy; Beck, Tom; Rabbi trust; Baucus, Max; Holzer, Darrell; Taylor, Mike; Fenderson, Gene; Ekblad, Al; Goetz, Jim; Molnar, Brad; Montana politics and government, 20th century; U.S. politics and government, 20th century
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Driscoll, Jerry, "Jerry Driscoll Interview, January 23, 2016" (2016). Bob Brown Oral History Project. OH 396-078.