Another Historic First: President Nixon and DC Home Rule
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Between 1948 and 1966, six bills were introduced in Congress to provide local autonomy for residents of the District of Columbia, but none passed. It was not until December 24, 1973, that Congress passed the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which provided for a popularly elected mayor and 13-member city council, as well as for the district to have its own court system. A panel of three former Nixon administration advisors will discuss how the 37th President was able to bring about this historic accomplishment.
Egil "Bud" Krogh was appointed deputy assistant to the president in 1969, and served on the Domestic Council staff as assistant director, executive director of the cabinet committee on international narcotic control, and liaison officer for the White House to the District of Columbia.
Donald E. Santarelli served in a variety of law enforcement positions in the Nixon administration including associate deputy attorney general, administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, and counsel to the president. Before his career in the executive branch, he served as counsel to both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.
Sallyanne Payton was a staff assistant on the Domestic Council working on issues involving the District of Columbia, and became chief counsel to the Urban Mass Transportation Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation before coming to the University of Michigan Law School where she continues to work as a professor of law.
Photo: RN and Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall swearing in Walter E. Washington, accompanied by his wife, as Mayor of the District of Columbia.
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