The Nation: Chairman Rodino at the Center

At the center of Congress's rising movement toward impeachment of President Nixon sits savvy, silver-haired Peter W. Rodino, 64, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He is an old-line ward politician with a sharp eye for a beneficent compromise and a shrewd politician's sense of when to wage a fight.

Born in a Newark tenement, Rodino remains a resident of the same Italian-American community he has represented in Congress since 1948. He has never faced a serious challenge to his seat in New Jersey's Tenth District, and has successfully outclassed growing opposition from...

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