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Dennis Brezina
Legislative Assistant to Senator Gaylord Nelson

As a member of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson’s legislative staff in 1970, Dennis Brezina assisted in the establishment of Earth Day, an event designed to bring national attention to environmental problems. Much to the surprise of the Senator and his staff, Earth Day was a great success. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Brezina pursued his interest in the history of science and received an M.A. from Harvard University in 1964. Prior to joining Senator Nelson’s staff, he worked in the Science Research Division of the Legislative Reference Service (the forerunner of the Congressional Research Service) and also the Senate Government Operations Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Research, chaired by Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris.

Table of Contents:
1) Science and Government
2) Environmental Issues
Photo of Dennis Brezina
Citation: Scholarly citation: "Dennis W. Brezina, Legislative Assistant to Senator Gaylord Nelson," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Dennis W. Brezina, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews on August 2 and August 17, 2005. 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, the National Archives, the 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. Dennis W. Brezina, January 3, 2006 Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by Richard A. Baker, January 10, 2006

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