Join retired nine-term US congressman Les AuCoin for a reading of his new book Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics. In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a US House seat in Oregon's First Congressional District. He was one of the young post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, "trickle-up" economics, Oregon wilderness, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. In the late-1980s, the Oregonian called him one of the most "influential lawmakers in the Pacific Northwest." In this highly readable collection of life stories, AuCoin traces his unlikely rise from a fatherless childhood in Central Oregon to the top ranks of national power.
More about Catch and Release:
In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a US House seat in Oregon’s First District. He was one of the post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, wilderness protection, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. Catch and Release offers a revealing glimpse behind the scenes of congressional life, as lived by the author, who assesses his own strengths and foibles with humility and candor.
More about Les AuCoin:
Les AuCoin represented Oregon in the US House for 18 years until 1992, when he gave up his seat to run for the Senate. He is an award-winning magazine editor and public radio commentator, and his articles have appeared in major newspapers throughout the country. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Portland, Oregon.
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