Congress: The Princefish Calls It Quits

The Princefish Calls It Quits

Having spent more than half his life in the U.S. Senate, Louisiana's Russell Long last week announced that he will retire when his current term ends in 1987. Son of the "Kingfish," Huey P. Long, Louisiana's legendary populist Governor and Senator, "Princefish" Russell, 66, came to the Senate in 1948. Enthroned as the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, he became an acknowledged master of the tax code, manipulating it to protect his home state's industries. In a series of filibusters in the 1950s and '60s, Long's bayou banter helped slow civil rights legislation; later he softened his views.


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