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F. Nordy Hoffman
Sargeant at Arms

A former Notre Dame football player under coach Knute Rockne, Nordy Hoffmann looked like a Sergeant at Arms. During the 1930s he had been an aide to Philip Murray, president of the United Steelworkers of America and head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Murray sent Hoffmann to Washington to reorganize lobbying efforts for the Steelworkers. His activities as a lobbyist and his fund raising for Democratic congressional candidates led to his appointment to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1967. As a result of the associations he made during those years, Hoffmann was elected Senate Sergeant at Arms in 1975, which placed him in charge of Senate security, protocol, computers and numerous other essential services.

Table of Contents:
1) Knute Rockne and Notre Dame
2) Phil Murray and the CIO
3) Democrats and Labor
4) Senate Democratic Campaign Committee
5) The Senate's Sergeant at Arms
Citation: Scholarly citation: "F. Nordy Hoffmann, Senate Sergeant at Arms, 1975-1981" Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, F. Nordy Hoffmann, do hereby give the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews on June 28, July 7, August 4, August 16, and August 30, 1988. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such a manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program. I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Senate Library, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deem appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. F. Nordy Hoffmann March 16, 1989 Accepted on Behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker March 16, 1989

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