Senator Dennis DeConcini

Senator Dennis DeConcini

From the Center of the Aisle

Book - 2006
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Dennis DeConcini, a contemporary of Arizona greats like Sandra Day O’Connor, Barry Goldwater, and Rose Mofford, is an Arizona icon in his own right. Starting his public career as the Pima County Attorney, DeConcini orchestrated an unprecedented rise to a seat in the U.S. Senate, which he held for eighteen years. His political memoir, co-authored with historian Jack L. August Jr., reaches beyond typical reflections to provide the reader with penetrating and revealing insights into the inner workings and colorful characters of Arizona politics and the United States Senate. A vigilant centrist, who got results by building coalitions on both sides of the aisle, Senator DeConcini’s approach was not bound to strict party alliances but was deeply rooted in the independent political environment of Arizona.

During his career, he sponsored legislation limiting the sale of assault weapons, which provoked the National Rifle Association. He confounded Democratic Party regulars by supporting Clarence Thomas during the controversial confirmation hearings and again split with his party in his support for William Rehnquist’s nomination to Chief Justice. In 1980 he voted for Ronald Reagan, but in 1993 he cast the swing vote for President Bill Clinton’s tax bill, which was strongly opposed by Republicans in Arizona. This political memoir will be of interest to anyone concerned with the inner workings of the U.S. Senate or Arizona politics and offers relevant insights into today’s political climate.

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DeConcini served as the Democratic Senator from Arizona from 1977 until his retirement in 1995. This is his political memoir of his tenure as a senator, co-authored with August (executive director, Arizona Historical Foundation, Arizona State U.). As is clear from the title, DeConcini prides himself on having been a political centrist, a position which helped him engineer consensus on the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977. In addition to reflecting on his achievements while in the Senate, he also spends considerable time discussing the banking and political contribution scandal involving himself and the other "Keating Five." Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780816525690
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 D3583s 2006
Characteristics: xiv, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: August, Jack L.


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