Interview with Romano L. Mazzoli, January 24, 2006



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Mazzoli (Senate, 1968-1970 35th district; Democrat and U.S. Congress, House, 1971-1995; 3rd district) discusses his Italian heritage, growing up in a Louisville working-class neighborhood, and his Catholic education, including his undergraduate career at Notre Dame. He describes experiences in the Army during the Korean War, his decision to go to law school and his first job as an attorney for the L & N Railroad in Louisville, Kentucky. Mazzoli recounts his decision to enter politics, his first campaign, his resistance to the Kentucky Democratic Party's control over election candidates, factionalism within the party, lobbyists and his independence as a legislator. He reflects on the campaigning styles of Wendell Ford and Henry Ward. The interview concludes with Mazzoli's election to the United States Congress. Part 1 of 3.

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2006oh038_leg093
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Interview Date: 
2006-01-24

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