Speaker: John C. Stennis
Date: June 17, 1972
Elected to the House in 1928 as a Democrat from Mississippi, Stennis became a senator in 1947. A staunch advocate of segregation, Stennis also opposed liberal domestic policies and favored an aggressive anti-communist strategy. Despite his anti-communist stance, he was one of the first Democratic senators to call McCarthy?s censure to the floor. In 1965, Sennis was named Chairman of the Select Committee on Standards and Ethics that investigated senator Dodd. During Johnson?s presidency, Stennis consistently voted against the Great Society programs but supported his appropriations requests for the Vietnam War. Advocating the use of maximum force, Stennis opposed the de-escalation of the bombing campaign.