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effective government through research, training and service, and to promote greater citizen involvement in the political process. The Institute was created and its programs are supported largely through an endowment created by friends and admirers of Senator STENNIS.

The Institute functions as an autonomous unit within the university's Department of Political Science. It provides an outreach mechanism for faculty members in political science and other fields. The holder of the John C. Stennis Chair in Political Science directs the Institute.

The Institute's mission reflects the expressed wishes of Senator STENNIS to bring greater efficiency and effectiveness to state and local government and to help young people become informed participants in American democracy. A variety of educational, research and service activities have been conducted by the Institute or with its support.

The Institute provides technical assistance to local governments, including counties implementing the unit system of government, rural communities starting fire departments and cities working to convert to the strong-mayor form of government.

John C. Stennis Scholarships in political science have been awarded to dozens of Mississippi State students with excellent potential as leaders in public affairs.

The Institute creates classroom teaching materials on government and provides them to Mississippi schools along with services to teachers of government and civics. The Institute also conducts the annual Robert Taft Institute for Teachers held each summer in the state capital and helps sponsor the United Nations Model Security Council for high school and college students held at Mississippi State.

The dramatic changes taking place in Mississippi government and education provide the John C. Stennis Institute of Government with new opportunities during its second decade. Plans call for expanded technical assistance to state agencies and local governments and additional applied research. Executive seminars for local and state officials and a Certified Public Manager Program also have been proposed.

Through these and other programs reaching thousands of individuals, the Stennis Institute will continue to strive for good government and widespread, informed citizen participation.


Senator J. Bennett

Senator Sam Nunn

Senator Ted Stevens
Senator John Warner


Donald W. Zacharias, President


Powell “Skip” Walton K.K. Bigelow


Robert M. Hearin

Warren A. Hood

Senator John C. Stennis Day

AUGUST 3, 1985 As President of the Kemper County Chamber of Commerce, we welcome you to the Senator John C. Stennis Day.

We feel like this day is a special day and we want Senator JOHN C. STENNIS to know that we appreciate what he has done and is still doing for our state and country. We feel like Senator STENNIS is most deserving of the recognition that he will receive on this day.

We hope you enjoy the activities that have been scheduled and we appreciate your taking part in this special day for Senator JOHN C. STENNIS. Sincerely,




Senator JOHN C. STENNIS, the Dean of the United States Senate, holds key positions of leadership on two of the most powerful Senate committees, Appropriations and Armed Services. As the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, Senator STENNIS is involved in helping to determine funding for every branch and program of government. By virtue of his leadership positions on the committee, he is ex-officio member of every Appropriations Subcommittee. As the senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Senator STENNIS is integrally involved in determining the future scope of our national defense policy.

The Senator's influence extends far beyond the committee assignments he has earned. Because of his reputation as a man of sound judgment and out

anding character, his colleagues look to him for direction. When the Senate Ethics Committee was formed, JOHN STENNIS was the obvious choice as chairman. He drafted the first code of ethics adopted by the Senate. His integrity has earned Senator STENNIS the respect of leaders throughout the world. His good reputation coupled with his tremendous energy makes him one of the most effective members to ever serve in the United States Senate.

President Eisenhower singled JOHN STENNIS out as a man who possessed the qualities which would make him a good president. Others have pointed to his sound judgment and fine legal mind as characteristics which would be valuable to the Supreme Court of the United States. Senator STENNIS has never encouraged such recommendations. Instead he has always made it clear that it was his desire to continue to serve as Mississippi's “battling lawyer" in Washington.

The Senator's determined efforts have reaped many rewards for Mississippians. No other man has brought so many jobs to the state. Projects he supports greatly enhance the Mississippi economy. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway under construction in Northeast Mississippi and the Gulf Coast complex containing the National Space Testing Laboratory, the Navy Oceanography Center and the Army Ammunition Plant are examples of his efforts at opposite ends of the state.

Mississippi military installations including Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, the Seabee Base in Gulfport, the Meridian Naval Air Station, Columbus Air Force Base and Camp Shelby in Forrest County have greatly benefited from the special interest Senator STENNIS gives national defense.

Likewise, many ports, harbors and flood control projects have benefited from his keen interest in development of resources in Mississippi.

His efforts in economic development for Mississippi have been equally effective. Just recently Senator STENNIS was credited with having saved the Industrial Development Bond program which was severely threatened on the floor of the Senate.

Senator STENNIS' strong support of farm and forestry improvement programs and agricultural research has helped to bring about legislation which has reaped great economic benefits for Mississippi and the Nation.

The Senator is recognized through the Nation as a leader in the movement to balance the federal budget. His voice in the Senate is always sound and strong when difficult decisions must be made for the good of the nation. His colleagues from every state in the Union recognize Senator STENNIS as a true national statesman who always puts the best interest of the nation ahead of partisan politics.

The influence Senator STENNIS wields within the Senate is clear and evident. Opposing Senators seeking to draw jobs away from Mississippi to their states constantly blame their failure on the clout JOHN STENNIS carries in the Senate.

The recent outcome of key votes in the Senate demonstrates that the Senator's effectiveness is undiminished by Republican control. Should the Democrats regain control of the Senate, Senator STENNIS would be in line to become President Pro Tempore and chairman of the Appropriations or Armed Services Committees.


Ribbon Cutting Cermonies 10 a.m.-Industrial Park.


Open House at Kemper Newton Regional Library 1-5 p.m.
Open House at Senator Stennis Office 1-5 p.m.
Parade-2 p.m.
Entertainment 3–5 p.m.-Courthouse Square.



Main Event 5:30 p.m.-Courthouse Square.
WelcomeMayor F.D. Harbour.
Invocation-Reverend David Trimmier.
National Anthem-Elizabeth Johnson.
Introduction of Master of Ceremonies—Mayor F.D. Harbour.
Master of CeremoniesJ.P. Coleman.
Speakers Colleagues and Friends.
Tribute to Senator Stennis—Paul Ott.


Presentation to Senator Stennis J.P. Coleman.
God Bless America-Nikki Watson.
Entertainment Courthouse Square.




August 3, 1985

Dear JOHN:

This Senator, whose service with you has been relatively brief, feels both honored and privileged to be your colleague. I'm delighted to join with all of your friends in Mississippi in honoring you today.

You are, of course, a major link in our bridge from the past to the future, a part of the distinguished history of the United States Senate. From you, all of my contemporaries and I have learned a great deal about the traditions of the Senate and of the United States itself.

More important, however, is the example which you set for your more junior colleagues. For me, and for many others, you have provided a model of the civility, the thoughtfulness, the broad-mindedness and the wisdom to which every Senator should aspire. I wish you many more years of magnificent service. Sincerely,



It would not be possible without the great cooperation and good counsel and very constructive contributions made by the man whom I regard as my mentor, Senator STENNIS. (Senator John Tower, Republican, Texas, May 14, 1982, after Senate passage of the 1982 Defense Authorization Bill.)

Mr. President, I wish to join the Senator from Texas, the chairman of the committee, in paying my respects to a man who, perhaps, has no peer in terms of admiration by the Senate as a whole. For many of us he has been not only a guiding light for us in the Chamber, but for me personally, and without his good counsel and participation in this complex bill, I am sure we would not have been able to reach final passage even at this early hour on the morning of May 14, and I wish to express my appreciation to the Senator from Mississippi. (Senator Howard Baker, Republican, Tennessee, May 14, 1982, after Senate passage of the 1982 Defense Authorization Bill.)

The main reason JOHN STENNIS is so effective is not because of his seniority, but because of his integrity and his statesmanship. (Senator Sam Nunn, Democrat, Georgia.)

He is a man who looks like a Senator, talks like a Senator, acts like a Senator, and who is a Senator's Senator, in my judgment. He is well-beloved by all members of this Senate on both sides of the aisle. He is highly respected in and out of the Senate. (Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat, West Virginia.)

No one in the Senate questions STENNIS' integrity or contribution to the body. The possessor of a tremendous booming voice, a Phi Beta Kappa key and a universal reputation for fairmindedness, he has long been one of its dominating figures—a Senator's Senator, an adviser to Presidents, a man of enormous power and influence. (The Washington Post, September 28, 1982.)

STENNIS, in a grueling seven-day debate in which he was sometimes on his feet for hours at a time had just shepherded to passage the $21.9 billion military procurement bill. With his tremendous booming voice, his restless

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