William S. Cohen Papers | House of
Representatives Campaign Records
MS 188.8.131.52 Campaign Records 1972-1978 18 boxes
Arranged chronologically according to each campaign, and then
alphabetically within each campaign. Cohen was elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives in November, 1972, defeating his Democratic
opponent Elmer H. Violette. He won his seat in the House again in
1974 when he ran against Mark Gartley, and in 1976 when his opponent
was Democrat Leighton Cooney. In 1978, he ran for a seat in the U.S.
Senate, and defeated incumbent Democrat William D. Hathaway with 57
percent of the vote to Hathaway's 34 percent. Cohen's campaign
chairman for all of his campaigns in the House and in the Senate was
Lewis Vafiades, a lawyer from Bangor, Maine. Cohen considered
running for the Senate in 1976 against Edmund Muskie, but decided
against it, and information about that decision is included here.
The bulk of this subseries consists of files from Cohen's campaign
for the U.S. Senate in 1978. Records from this campaign, and from
his campaigns of 1972, 1974, and 1976 include correspondence,
interest group mailings, strategy papers, position papers, research
reports and studies, and voting records and analyses. Campaign
records are also found in the audiovisual series in the form of
tapes and films of television commercials, interviews, and speeches.
The photo and memorabilia series also contain campaign materials in
the form of posters, bumper stickers, buttons, photographs, etc.
Access to some of the records in the Campaign series is restricted.
See information at the subseries level. Consult the Special
Collections Department for further information.
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