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Fenno Biographical Note

Richard F. Fenno, Jr.

Richard F. Fenno, Jr., served as the Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Rochester in New York until his death in April 2020. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a noted scholar in Congressional studies. He has been president of the American Political Science Association, member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Among Fenno's publications on Congress are:


  • National Politics and Federal Aid to Education with Frank Munger (1962)
  • The Power of the Purse: Appropriations Politics in Congress (1966)
  • Congressmen in Committees: A Comparative View (1973)
  • Home Style: House Members in Their Districts (1978)
  • The United States Senate: A Bicameral Perspective (1982)
  • The Making of a Senator: Dan Quayle (1988)
  • The Presidential Odyssey of John Glenn (1990)
  • Watching Politicians: Essays on Participant Observation (1990)
  • The Emergence of a Senate Leader: Pete Domenici and the Reagan Budget (1991)
  • Learning to Legislate: The Senate Education of Arlen Specter (1991)
  • When Incumbency Fails: The Senate Career of Mark Andrews (1992)
  • Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation (1996)
  • Learning to Govern: An Institutional View of the 104th Congress (1997)