Carl Albert: Nose-Counter From Bug Tussle

OKLAHOMA'S Democratic Representative Carl Bert Albert, 53, is 5 ft. 4 in. tall, wears an elfin grin, and is so inconspicuous that he might be mistaken for a filing clerk in his own office. But Albert has qualities that should serve him well as majority floor leader: he combines an abiding love of the House with a shrewd sense of its mood that has earned him respect on both sides of the aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

On to Oxford. Albert comes from the "Little Dixie" corner of southeastern Oklahoma—a...

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