Why might U.S. Senators need a refresher on the Nixon Watergate investigation? – Too young to remember

Why might U.S. Senators need a refresher on the Nixon Watergate investigation?
Many may have been too young to remember the details of the events

Today, if your are younger than age 30 and are politically engaged….never forget the presidential elections of 2000 (Bush v. Gore), 2008 (election of Barack Obama) and 2016 (election of Donald Trump).  Also, don’t forgot the political events of 2017 (Russiagate) and how the Congressional members (U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives) are behaving.

If you are older than 40, think about how aware of politics you were when you were age 27 or younger.
Many of the current U.S. Senators were actually in their 20s or younger on the day that Richard Nixon resigned the presidency of the United States on August 9, 1974.

What sort of memories do the current U.S. Senators have of the actions of the 1973 and 1974 Congress and the Nixon White House? How many of the current U.S. Senators remember how the Nixon Administration responded to questions surrounding Watergate?

Now, you may understand why some U.S. Senators might need a refresher of the Nixon Watergate years.

Lastly, current U.S. Senators may not have clear memories of how the American newspaper press and the American television news media covered the Richard Nixon Watergate crisis.

Take this time to introduce or reintroduce yourself to the year 1973 and 1974 and remember history so that similar events will not be repeated.

Below are the ages of current U.S. Senator members on the date of Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974.

State Senator Party Birth Date and Current Age
Age at Richard Nixon’s 
Resignation Aug. 9, 1974
Next Election
California Dianne Feinstein Democratic June 22, 1933 (age 83) 40 2018
Iowa Chuck Grassley Republican September 17, 1933 (age 83) 41 2022
Utah Orrin Hatch Republican March 22, 1934 (age 83) 39 2018
Alabama Richard Shelby Republican May 6, 1934 (age 83) 39 2022
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Republican November 17, 1934 (age 82) 40 2020
Kansas Pat Roberts Republican April 20, 1936 (age 81) 37 2020
Arizona John McCain Republican August 29, 1936 (age 80) 38 2022
Mississippi Thad Cochran Republican December 7, 1937 (age 79) 37 2020
Vermont Patrick Leahy Democratic March 31, 1940 (age 77) 34 2022
Tennessee Lamar Alexander Republican July 3, 1940 (age 76) 34 2020
Vermont Bernie Sanders Independent September 8, 1941 (age 75) 33 2018
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Republican February 20, 1942 (age 75) 31 2020
Florida Bill Nelson Democratic September 29, 1942 (age 74) 32 2018
Idaho Jim Risch Republican May 3, 1943 (age 74) 30 2020
Maryland Ben Cardin Democratic October 5, 1943 (age 73) 31 2018
Wyoming Mike Enzi Republican February 1, 1944 (age 73) 29 2020
Maine Angus King Independent March 31, 1944 (age 73) 29 2018
Illinois Dick Durbin Democratic November 21, 1944 (age 72) 30 2020
Georgia Johnny Isakson Republican December 28, 1944 (age 72) 30 2022
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal Democratic February 13, 1946 (age 71) 27 2022
Massachusetts Ed Markey Democratic July 11, 1946 (age 70) 27 2020
Delaware Tom Carper Democratic January 23, 1947 (age 70) 26 2018
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Democratic January 28, 1947 (age 70) 26 2020
West Virginia Joe Manchin Democratic August 24, 1947 (age 69) 27 2018
Hawaii Mazie Hirono Democratic November 3, 1947 (age 69) 27 2018
New Mexico Tom Udall Democratic May 18, 1948 (age 68) 25 2020
Oregon Ron Wyden Democratic May 3, 1949 (age 68) 24 2022
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren Democratic June 22, 1949 (age 67) 24 2018
Rhode Island Jack Reed Democratic November 12, 1949 (age 67) 25 2020
Georgia David Perdue Republican December 10, 1949 (age 67) 25 2020
Missouri Roy Blunt Republican January 10, 1950 (age 67) 23 2022
Michigan Debbie Stabenow Democratic April 29, 1950 (age 67) 23 2018
Washington Patty Murray Democratic October 11, 1950 (age 66) 24 2022
New York Chuck Schumer Democratic November 23, 1950 (age 66) 24 2022
Arkansas John Boozman Republican December 10, 1950 (age 66) 24 2022
Nebraska Deb Fischer Republican March 1, 1951 (age 66) 22 2018
Idaho Mike Crapo Republican May 20, 1951 (age 65) 22 2022
Minnesota Al Franken Democratic May 21, 1951 (age 65) 22 2020
Mississippi Roger Wicker Republican July 5, 1951 (age 65) 22 2018
Louisiana John N. Kennedy Republican November 21, 1951 (age 65) 23 2022
Texas John Cornyn Republican February 2, 1952 (age 65) 21 2020
Wyoming John Barrasso Republican July 21, 1952 (age 64) 21 2018
Tennessee Bob Corker Republican August 24, 1952 (age 64) 22 2018
Ohio Sherrod Brown Democratic November 9, 1952 (age 64) 22 2018
Maine Susan Collins Republican December 7, 1952 (age 64) 22 2020
Alabama Luther Strange Republican March 1, 1953 (age 64) 20 2018
Missouri Claire McCaskill Democratic July 24, 1953 (age 63) 20 2018
West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito Republican November 26, 1953 (age 63) 21 2020
New Jersey Bob Menendez Democratic January 1, 1954 (age 63) 19 2018
Kansas Jerry Moran Republican May 29, 1954 (age 62) 19 2022
South Dakota Mike Rounds Republican October 24, 1954 (age 62) 20 2020
Virginia Mark Warner Democratic December 15, 1954 (age 62) 20 2020
Wisconsin Ron Johnson Republican April 8, 1955 (age 62) 18 2022
South Carolina Lindsey Graham Republican July 9, 1955 (age 61) 18 2020
Indiana Joe Donnelly Democratic September 29, 1955 (age 61) 19 2018
Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic October 20, 1955 (age 61) 19 2018
North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp Democratic October 30, 1955 (age 61) 19 2018
North Carolina Richard Burr Republican November 30, 1955 (age 61) 19 2022
Ohio Rob Portman Republican December 19, 1955 (age 61) 19 2022
Montana Jon Tester Democratic August 21, 1956 (age 60) 18 2018
Oregon Jeff Merkley Democratic October 24, 1956 (age 60) 18 2020
North Dakota John Hoeven Republican March 13, 1957 (age 60) 16 2022
Alaska Lisa Murkowski Republican May 22, 1957 (age 59) 16 2022
Louisiana Bill Cassidy Republican September 28, 1957 (age 59) 17 2020
Virginia Tim Kaine Democratic February 26, 1958 (age 59) 15 2018
New Hampshire Maggie Hassan Democratic February 27, 1958 (age 59) 15 2022
Washington Maria Cantwell Democratic October 13, 1958 (age 58) 16 2018
Michigan Gary Peters Democratic December 1, 1958 (age 58) 16 2020
Maryland Chris Van Hollen Democratic January 10, 1959 (age 58) 14 2022
Pennsylvania Bob Casey Jr. Democratic April 13, 1960 (age 57) 13 2018
Nevada Dean Heller Republican May 10, 1960 (age 56) 13 2018
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar Democratic May 25, 1960 (age 56) 13 2018
North Carolina Thom Tillis Republican August 30, 1960 (age 56) 14 2020
South Dakota John Thune Republican January 7, 1961 (age 56) 12 2022
Pennsylvania Pat Toomey Republican November 17, 1961 (age 55) 13 2022
Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin Democratic February 11, 1962 (age 55) 11 2018
Montana Steve Daines Republican August 20, 1962 (age 54) 12 2020
Arizona Jeff Flake Republican December 31, 1962 (age 54) 12 2018
Kentucky Rand Paul Republican January 7, 1963 (age 54) 10 2022
Delaware Chris Coons Democratic September 9, 1963 (age 53) 11 2020
Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto Democratic March 29, 1964 (age 53) 9 2022
California Kamala Harris Democratic October 20, 1964 (age 52) 10 2022
Alaska Dan Sullivan Republican November 13, 1964 (age 52) 10 2020
Colorado Michael Bennet Democratic November 28, 1964 (age 52) 10 2022
South Carolina Tim Scott Republican September 19, 1965 (age 51) 9 2022
New York Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic December 9, 1966 (age 50) 8 2018
Oklahoma James Lankford Republican March 4, 1968 (age 49) 5 2022
Illinois Tammy Duckworth Democratic March 12, 1968 (age 49) 5 2022
New Jersey Cory Booker Democratic April 27, 1969 (age 48) 4 2020
Iowa Joni Ernst Republican July 1, 1970 (age 46) 3 2020
Texas Ted Cruz Republican December 22, 1970 (age 46) 4 2018
Florida Marco Rubio Republican May 28, 1971 (age 45) 2 2022
Utah Mike Lee Republican June 4, 1971 (age 45) 2 2022
New Mexico Martin Heinrich Democratic October 17, 1971 (age 45) 3 2018
Nebraska Ben Sasse Republican February 22, 1972 (age 45) 1 2020
Indiana Todd Young Republican August 24, 1972 (age 44) 2 2022
Hawaii Brian Schatz Democratic October 20, 1972 (age 44) 2 2022
Connecticut Chris Murphy Democratic August 3, 1973 (age 43) almost 1 2018
Colorado Cory Gardner Republican August 22, 1974 (age 42) born 13 days later 2020
Arkansas Tom Cotton Republican May 13, 1977 (age 39) born almost 3 years later 2020

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Video: Spiro Agnew resigns the office of the Vice Presidency of the United States (term 1969–1973)

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Video: Nixon’s Press Secretary Ron Zeigler
Ron Zeigler hits the then North Carolina U.S. Senator Sam Ervin’s Senate Watergate Committee on leaks. Ervin’s Committee investigation of the Watergate scandal in 1972 and 1973 led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

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Video: RUSSIAGATE 2017 Compared to Nixon’s Watergate -The American press today vs then

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Video: Senator Sam Ervin’s Opening Remarks, Chairman Senate Select Watergate Committee May 17. 1973

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Video: May 17, 1973: Watergate Hearings Begin
North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Sam Ervin


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Video: The “Saturday Night Massacre”

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Video: Nixon’s supporters protesting against the Watergate investigation
February 1, 1974


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Video: Nixon’s supporters protesting against the Watergate investigation
July 23, 1974


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Video: CBS News Walter Cronkite announces President Nixon’s resignation 1974

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Video: The Resignation of President Nixon CBS News Coverage

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Video: The Swearing-in of President Ford CBS News Coverage

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