Ok­la­homan be­came house speaker amid tur­moil, too

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On Jan. 3, Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. She as­sumed the lead­er­ship as the na­tional po­lit­i­cal scene is in tur­moil.

Ok­la­homa's own Rep. Carl Al­bert (D-McAlester) was elected speaker 48 years ago in 1971. His three terms were filled with tur­moil, too.

On March 26, 2006, The Ok­la­homan de­scribes Al­bert's ten­ure as speaker:

Known as the "Lit­tle Gi­ant from Lit­tle Dixie," Al­bert served as speaker of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 197177, dur­ing the tu­mul­tuous days of the Viet­nam War and Water­gate. White House crises twice put him one heart­beat away from the pres­i­dency.

Al­bert would see the res­ig­na­tion of both the pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent, the ap­point­ment of Ger­ald Ford as vice pres­i­dent suc­ceed­ing Spiro Agnew and Ford's suc­ces­sion to the pres­i­dency with the res­ig­na­tion of Richard Nixon.

Af­ter 30 years serv­ing the peo­ple of Ok­la­homa in Congress, Al­bert re­tired in 1977 and re­turned to his birth­place in Bug­tus­sle near McAlester.

His­to­rian Kevin Baker's New York Times Jan. 5, 2019, opin­ion piece about newly elected Speaker of the House Pelosi, of­fered this quote from Al­bert that we wish our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers would em­u­late:

... he said on be­com­ing speaker, "I hope we will get to­gether, and work for the coun­try, and not work for the two po­lit­i­cal par­ties."

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