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Pat M. Holt
Chief of Staff for Foriegn Relations Committee

A journalist who had reported for various newspapers and for the Congressional Quarterly, Pat Holt joined the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1950. Because of his ability to speak Spanish, he became the committee's specialist in Latin American relations in 1958. Shortly afterwards came Vice President Richard Nixon's ill-fated tour of South America, ending with the storming of his limousine in Venezuela, and then Fidel Castro's revolution in Cuba. Latin American relations assumed an increasingly important position on the committee's agenda. In 1965, suspicions over the Lyndon Johnson administration's version of conditions in the Dominican Republic gave Holt a unique opportunity to examine State Department and CIA records. His findings played a part in Chairman J. William Fulbright's break with the Johnson administration. Holt later served as chief of staff under the chairmanships of Fulbright and John Sparkman.

Table of Contents:
1) Years in Journalism
2) Tom Connally and the Foreign Relations Committee
3) George, Dulles, and Eisenhower
4) Latin American Specialist
5) Fulbright and the Bay of Pigs
6) The Dominican Repbulic and Gulf of Tonkin Affairs
7) Vietnam and Chile
8) The End of the Fulbright Years
9) Chief of Staff
Citation: Scholarly citation: "Pat M. Holt, Chief of Staff, Foreign Relations Committee" Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Pat M. Holt, do hereby give to the Senate Historical office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews on September 9, September 18, September 29, October 17, October 27, November 10, November 19, December 4, and December 12, 1980. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such 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 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. Pat M . Holt October 15, 1981 Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker October 15, 1981

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