U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor this afternoon to mark the 40th anniversary of President Nixon signing Pell Grants into law. Named (later) for U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, the college financing program provided more than $100 million to nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders in 2009-10.
Over the last 75 years, just three men – all Democrats – have held Rhode Island’s Class II Senate seat: T.F. Green, from 1937 to 1961; Pell, from 1961 to 1997; and now Reed, who was a congressman when he won Pell’s Senate seat upon the elder statesman’s retirement.
All this is really just my excuse to post this great old photograph of Reed and Pell conferring with President Clinton on Air Force One in the 1990s, which Reed’s office dug up at my request:
Fun fact: If Jack Reed retires at the same age as T.F. Green, he’ll be in the Senate until 2043.
You can read the rest of this article at: http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/06/21/photo-clinton-jack-reed-and-claiborne-pell-on-air-force-one/