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Guide to the Michael J. Kopetski papers
Michael J. Kopetski papers
Oregon State Legislative papers
United States Representative papers

Guide to the Michael J. Kopetski papers

Title

Guide to the Michael J. Kopetski papers

Summary

Michael J. Kopetski Papers consist of papers generated and received by the office of Congressman Michael J. Kopetski during his two terms in the United States House of Representatives representing the Fifth District of the state of Oregon. Additional materials include papers generated and received by the office of Congressman Michael J. Kopetski during his two terms in the Oregon State Legislature.

Source Format

Correspondence

Photograph

Video tapes

Collection Guide

Political Papers

Date

1976-1995

1988-1995

Repository

Willamette University University Archives and Special Collection

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6845; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email: archives@willamette.edu; URL: http://library.willamette.edu/archives/

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number

WUA003

Language

Materials are in English.

Arrangement

The Michael J. Kopetski papers comprise 51 linear feet and are organized into two groups. The first group, Oregon State Legislative papers, contains two series; Campaign files and Legislative records. The second group, United State Representative papers, consists of five series; Campaign files, Constituent service records, Legislative records, Personal/political records and Press relations/media activities records.; Specific arrangements for each series and subseries are described in the series descriptions, below. Folders largely maintain original order, and there is a certain amount of subject overlap between series, as well as duplicate materials in various folders. Researchers are encouraged to examine the entire collection in order to cover all material addressing their interest.

Biographical Note

Michael J. Kopetski was born October 27, 1949 in Pendleton, Oregon. He attended public schools in Oregon and graduated from American University, Washington D.C. in 1971. Kopetski organized the campaign stop in Pendleton, Oregon for Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968. From 1973-1974 Kopetski worked as an aide to the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, better known as the “Watergate Committee.” He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1976 and served as a committee administrator in the Oregon State Legislature in 1977-1979 and 1981. He was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1985 to 1989. Following two unsuccessful runs for Congress in 1982 and 1988, Kopetski ran successfully in 1990, defeating incumbent Republican Denny Smith. Kopetski was a member of the One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses (January 3, 1991-January 3, 1995) as a Democratic member. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1995.

Since leaving Congress, Kopetski has worked as a lobbyist. He lives in Virginia.

Quantity

51 linear feet

Content Description

The Michael J. Kopetski Papers are organized into two groups: A) Oregon State Legislative papers and B) United States Representative papers. The Oregon State Legislative group consists of papers generated and received by Kopetski’s office during his two terms representing the Thirty-third District in the Oregon House of Representatives. Materials in this group include campaign files (1984-1986) and documents dealing with legislation Kopetski worked on while in office.

The United States Representative papers group consists of papers generated and received by Kopetski’s office during his two terms in the United States House of Representatives representing Oregon’s Fifth District.

Present in the second group are the following types of materials: constituent/issue mail

Kopetski’s roll call votes and voting records

campaign files for the 1988, 1990 and 1992 congressional elections

press files including copies of press releases and speeches

legislative/committee files including the Agricultural Committee and the Ways and Means Committee

and audio visual material including photographs, audio and video tapes.

During his time in Congress, Kopetski served on the Agricultural Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. He worked on bills dealing with MFN (Most Favored Nation) status for China

nuclear weapons testing and the Forest and Community Survival Act of 1991. Kopetski was the point person responsible for successfully getting NAFTA through the House of Representatives in 1993. Kopetski also worked closely with Senator Mark O. Hatfield to get the Opal Creek National Reserve legislation through the House in 1993.

Names

Kopetski, Michael (1949- )

Bush, George (1924- )

Clinton, Bill (1946- )

Clinton, Hillary Rodham (1947- )

Gore, Albert (1948- )

Gore, Tipper (1948- )

Hatfield, Mark O. (1922-2011)

Packwood, Bob (1932- )

Subject

Legislators – Oregon -- Archives

United State -- Politics and government – 1991-1995 Environmental protection--Oregon (State)

House Working Group on Mental Health

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce

United States. Congress. House. Committee on House Administration

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Judiciary

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Natural Resources

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means

United States. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act

United States. Forest and Community Survival Act of 1991

United States. General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

United States. North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

United States. Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area Act

Political Campaigns

Civic Activism

Restrictions on Access

The majority of the collection is open to researchers. There are some restricted files.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Collection

Finding Aids

Title

Michael J. Kopetski papers