by Max Brantley
Blanche Lincoln is giving her senatorial papers to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at of the Central Arkansas Library System. If he keeps adding papers, Bobby Roberts is going to have to find another building or two to renovate.
UPDATE: Blog reader Durango said earlier today that he'd gotten information that Lincoln would be forming a government consulting (aka lobbying, when allowable) firm with Robert Holifield, an Arkansan on the Senate Ag committee staff.) A spokesman for Lincoln said, yadda yadda yadda. The direct quote: "Senator Lincoln is grateful for the opportunity to have served her home and the people of Arkansas in the United States Senate. She is contemplating several options regarding the next step of her career and will certainly share those plans." Late Tuesday, I got a response from Holifield to my Facebook message: "Right now I'm still thinking about the next steps for my career. But most of all, I'm enjoying being surrounded by hog fans in new orleans."
U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln announced today that she has donated her senatorial papers to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. The papers will be housed at the Arkansas Studies Institute, a joint archival project of the Central Arkansas Library System and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my home and the people of Arkansas,” Senator Lincoln said. “The Arkansas Studies Institute is a world-class research center and a tremendous Arkansas history resource. I’m proud to be their partner so that my own chapter in Arkansas history can be shared.”
On November 3, 1998, Lincoln made history when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate at the age of 38. Lincoln made history again on September 9, 2009, when she was tapped as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. In the committee’s 184-year history, she was the first Arkansan and the first female to serve as chairman. In addition, as one of the Senate Finance Committee’s top-ranking members, Lincoln was the first female Democratic senator to lead a subcommittee, serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy during the 111th Congress. Lincoln also served on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
“We’re very pleased that Senator Lincoln has chosen to make these papers available to the public through the Butler Center in the Arkansas Studies Institute. This record of her career in the Senate is both a great body of insight to recent Arkansas history and a wonderful addition to our extraordinary collection of materials on Arkansas political history,” said David Stricklin, head of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Arkansas Studies Institute.