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Arthur J. Rynearson
Office of the Senate Legislative Counsel

Art Rynearson was hired in 1976 to draft foreign policy-related legislation. He joined the Office of Legislative Counsel, which dates back to 1919 and was created to “aid in drafting public bills and resolutions or amendments thereto on request of any committee. ”Over time, the nonpartisan office also provided drafting services for individual senators as well as for committees. To develop expertise, each attorney was assigned to a specific area of statutory law. With a lifelong personal interest in foreign relations and law school training in international legal affairs, Rynearson was well-suited for the Office of Legislative Counsel. In 2003, when he retired after twenty-six years with the office, the Senate passed a resolution commending his exemplary service as “the primary drafter in the Senate of virtually all legislation relating to international relations, international security, immigration, and the State Department, and all matters relating to Senate consideration of international treaties.”

Table of Contents:
1) The Congressional Research Service
2) The Senate Legislative Counsel's Office
3) Treaties in the Senate
4) Drafting Legislation
5) Foreign Relations
6) Appropriations
7) Immigration Legislation
8) Intelligence-Related Legislation
Arthur J. Rynearson
Citation: "Arthur J. Rynearson, Office of the Senate Legislative Counsel, 1976-2003,” Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Arthur J. Rynearson, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews from April 17-July 1, 2003. It is my desire that these transcripts remain sealed until January 3, 2007, unless otherwise opened by myself. After that date, I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tape and transcript 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. Arthur J. Rynearson, July 9, 2004 Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker July 9, 2004.

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