In John Rhodes's 1995 autobiography, I Was There, he recounted his experiences as Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives - it's duties and responsibilities, as well as its benefits and drawbacks. Please click below to read his essay.
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John Rhodes's low-key style during his Congressional career rendered him virtually unknown to the general public or the media outside of Arizona. Therefore, upon his election to the Minority Leadership, the national press was forced to do some hasty research regarding who this new Minority Leader was and what role he was likely to play in the Watergate crisis, which was, by early 1974, monopolizing the country's attention.
The best of these profiles was written by George F. Will and was published in the Washington Post on January 8, 1974. Will effectively captures both the character of the Minority Leader and the state of the nation at the time Rhodes began his tenure.