Introduction

Speaking on behalf of the Senate

Hagel at the podium during a press conference in 1998.

Senator Chuck Hagel's office was a bustling place. Staffers helped him craft op eds and articles in response to pressing issues, released a constant stream of press releases, juggled requests for interviews and appearances, created newsletters for Nebraskans, and arranged weekly calls with members of the Nebraska media. They helped him write speeches and prepare for the senate floor and committee hearings. And all of this activity reflects only part of the Senator's regular press and media responsibilities. 

This exhibit includes press, media, and speech material produced by Senator Hagel and his staff as they responded to six issues and events: veterans, drought in Nebraska, the Iraq War, disaster response and recovery in Nebraska, 9-11 and its aftermath, and Native Americans.

Documents shown here are a sample of the items in the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives. Discover this material by searching our Archives & Special Collections database and visiting us in Criss Library. Hagel served as U.S. Senator from 1997 to 2009 and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015.

CREDITS: Exhibit curated by Hagel Archivist Lori Schwartz and Library Associate Kelly Walker in 2016-2017. Student assistants scanned the items.

 

Introduction