THE SENATE: Impressive Freshman Class

"There is going to be a coalition of people down there in the Senate now doing things a different way. Some of us will have gotten in there tenuously, and we will have to prove ourselves by making some changes. I know I will."

— Patrick Leahy, Democratic Senator-elect from Vermont

By no stretch of the imagination will the U.S. Senate Chamber on Jan. 20, 1975, look the way it did on Jan. 5, 1937, when a bleak band of 16 Republicans assembled to face a phalanx of 76 Democrats on the other side...

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