Committees

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The Interior and Insular Affairs Committee gathered for an official photo in the 1960s.
Congress conducts the majority of its work in committee. Members and House staff share memories and offer descriptions of the inner workings of House panels, including administration, hearings, investigations, and legislation. Detailed accounts of the various aspects of committee work provide a personal perspective on an essential facet of the institution.

Video

Chairmen and Seniority

Representative Dellums shares memories of his ascension to chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums, U.S. Representative of California
Interview recorded April 19, 2012 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Making the Switch from Banking to Commerce

Michael R. Lemov recounts the experience of moving to a new committee.

Michael R. Lemov, Chief Counsel, Investigations Subcommittee, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee
Interview recorded February 22, 2012 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Initial Hearing on Consumer Product Safety Act

Michael R. Lemov shares memories of a high-profile committee hearing.

Michael R. Lemov, Chief Counsel, Investigations Subcommittee, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee
Interview recorded February 22, 2012 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Conference Committees

Michael R. Lemov provides background on conference committees.

Michael R. Lemov, Chief Counsel, Investigations Subcommittee, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee
Interview recorded February 22, 2012 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Staff Participation in Hearings

Former Judiciary counsel Benjamin Zelenko describes the typical role of Judiciary Committee staff during the 1960s.

Benjamin Zelenko, Counsel, House Committee on the Judiciary
Interview recorded August 20, 2014 Deed of Gift

Audio

Preparation for Hearings

Patricia Schwartz explains the mechanisms that keep committee hearings running.

Patricia (Tish) Speed Schwartz, Chief Clerk/Administrator, House Committee on the Judiciary
Interview recorded April 19, 2007 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)