John Melcher Interview, January 12, 2007


John Melcher


Donald E. Spritzer



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John Melcher discusses legislation from his final term in the United States Senate, ending in 1989. He discusses working with Republican colleagues Bob Dole and Jesse Helms, the Farm Bill of 1985, and the Reagan Administration’s foreign policy with regard to Latin America, the Iran-Contra Scandal, and the Soviet Union. Melcher also discusses the work he did for the State of Montana, including the Wilderness Bills. He describes the death of Montana State Senator Conrad Burns in 1988 and losing the 1994 Montana Democratic Primary to Senator Jack Mudd. Melcher also describes his work as a lobbyist for veterinarians, the Food for Peace Program, and agricultural programs.


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Document Type

Oral History


Farm Bill of 1985; Reagan Administration foreign policy; Wilderness Bills; Senator Conrad Burns; Political campaigns; Food for Peace Program; United States Senate

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

John Melcher Interviews Oral History Project, OH 411, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 411-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:36:08 minutes

Local Filename

OH_104_003.mp3; OH_104_003.pdf

John Melcher Interview, January 12, 2007