Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again

Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again

by Barbara F. Vucanovich
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0874176239

ISBN-13: 9780874176230

Pub. Date: 08/05/2005

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

When Barbara Vucanovich ran for Congress in 1982, she was sixty-one years old, and it was her first try for a political office. She campaigned as a "tough grandmother," and her commonsense approach to politics reflected her personal values. Representing Nevada's newly created Second Congressional District, she became the first Nevada woman elected to a federal

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When Barbara Vucanovich ran for Congress in 1982, she was sixty-one years old, and it was her first try for a political office. She campaigned as a "tough grandmother," and her commonsense approach to politics reflected her personal values. Representing Nevada's newly created Second Congressional District, she became the first Nevada woman elected to a federal office. During her fourteen years in the US House of Representatives, she remained committed to both her constituents and the conservative ideals of her party. In this engaging memoir, written with her daughter, Patricia, Vucanovich reflects with candor and modesty on her political career and the long road that led to it-her years as mother of a growing family, businesswoman, and community volunteer and her introduction to managing a political campaign with Paul Laxalt's 1964 run for the Senate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874176230
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
08/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Part I Far from the House

1 Grandmothers and Grandfathers-Tough and Not So Tough 3

2 A Family of My Own 20

3 Outside the Home 35

4 Politics, Nevada Style 44

5 My Mentor 60

Part II A Flamingo in the Barnyard of Politics

6 A Tough Grandmother 75

7 She Is the Congressman 94

8 A Day in the Life of a Congressman 107

9 Reflection and the Temptation of the Senate 123

10 Elections-Forgettable and Not So Memorable 137

11 A Front-Row Seat at the Revolution 153

Part III Not Your Average Congressman

12 Tough Irishman 177

13 A Woman's Place in the House 186

14 Nevada on My Mind 199

15 House Mates 216

Part IV Back in the Great State of Nebraska

16 In the Other House (The White House) 235

17 A World Beyond the House 254

18 Twenty-Seven Years and One Revolution Later 274

Part V Home Means Nevada

19 Coming Home, Looking Back 285

List of Committee Assignments 297

Index 301

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