Daniel Kemmis Interview, July 17, 1981


Daniel Kemmis


Claire Rhein



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Daniel Kemmis begins by talking about making time for his family despite his responsibilities as a Montana politician. He describes the major events of the 1980-1981 Montana legislative session and his role as Montana House of Representatives Minority Leader. Kemmis discusses the challenges Montana Democrats faced in a Republican-held House, and he mentions the “spirit of cooperation” that he felt characterized his Democratic colleagues. He also describes his political philosophy of exuding self-control and how important a sense of humor is in the legislative process. Kemmis discusses what he considered the successes of the session including “sagebrush rebellion,” and tax reform. He explains the differences between a Democratic-held legislature and a Republican-held legislature. Kemmis ends the interview by recounting how Democratic legislators used the “call to house” tactic to prolong a debate that Republican legislators tried to cut short.


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Document Type

Oral History


Jean Turnage; Bob Marks; “sagebrush rebellion”; Montana State Legislature; Montana state legislators; Montana politicians; Montana Democratic Party

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Daniel Kemmis Interviews Oral History Project, OH 036, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 036-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:49:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_036_008.mp3; OH_036_008.pdf

Daniel Kemmis Interview, July 17, 1981