|"My colleagues on the Committee are determined to
uncover all the relevant facts surrounding these matters, and to spare no one,
whatever his station in life may be.
. . .The nation and history itself are watching us. We cannot fail our
Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr.
Sam was elected to Congress in 1954 where he had a most distinguished
career. At the age of 76, he was thrust into the national
spotlight when he was named as the Chairman of the Senate Watergate
Throughout this televised process, his devotion to
and knowledge of the Constitution, his dogged determination to get to
the truth and his down-home demeanor laced with bits of wisdom made
Senator Sam a household name and one of the most memorable political
figures of our time.
As then Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield
stated, "Sam is the only man we could have selected on either side
who would have the respect of the Senate as a whole."
"Sam is the only man we could have selected on
either side who would have the respect of the Senate as a whole."
Senate Majority Leader
during the Watergate Era