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Senator Russell B. Long

July 20, 2012

Senator Russell Long was one of the last of the long-serving southern senators who have video in the Video Library. Interesting, Senator Long was opposed to Senate television and delayed the implementation of Senate television from 1981 to 1986. He retired at the end of 1986 just when Senate television began. Senator Byrd changed his own mind about Senate television because he feared his beloved Senate was becoming less visible than the televised House. So, he went to Senator Long and convinced Long to drop his opposition to television. In this interview from 1985, Long talks about his opposition to television.

Upon his death, Senator Byrd delivered a tribute to him on the Senate floor.

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