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Your Government: The Oldest Member

The oldest member of Congress was first elected shortly after George Washington's victory at Yorktown, and has continued to represent South Carolina every year since then. As the most senior Senator, his seniority has guaranteed his election to the Chairmanship of the Armed Forces Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Refreshments Committee, and the Special Committee on Youth, and he continues to serve as the team captain of the Senate Basketball Team. Here he is seen presiding over a tense hearing on a bill to legalize private ownership of military surplus photon torpedoes.

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A dynamic legislator, he originated the hugely popular "power nap," which may overtake the "power lunch" in popularity among Senators.

Washington Apple Pi Virtual Tours, October 12, 1997 lic