Pelosi Announces Retirement of House Historian, Search Committee

Jun 11, 2010, 19:00 ET from Office of the Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that Dr. Robert V. Remini, the House Historian, has chosen to retire from the post on August 31.  Dr. Remini has served as Historian for the past five years, having reestablished the office in 2005.

"Dr. Remini has been a tremendous asset to the House of Representatives," Speaker Pelosi said.  "It has been an honor to have so distinguished an historian serving the House for the past five years.  He has worked diligently to initiate the House Fellows Program and an oral history program for current and former Members.  On behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank Dr. Remini for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Speaker Pelosi also announced the formation of a search committee charged to advise in the selection of the next House Historian.  In consultation with House Republican Leader John Boehner, Speaker Pelosi has named the following distinguished scholars to this panel:

  • Dr. Richard D. Brown, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Director, Civil War Era Studies, Gettysburg College
  • Dr. Trudy Peterson, Former Acting Archivist of the United States
  • Dr. Donald Spivey, Professor of History and Cooper Fellow, University of Miami
  • Dr. Julian E. Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Speaker Pelosi has named Dr. Brown as chairman of the search committee.

"I thank Dr. Brown and this distinguished group of historians for their willingness to help facilitate the selection of the next House Historian," Speaker Pelosi said.  "I look forward to receiving the recommendations of this panel, which will ensure that the Historian's position will be filled by a respected and dedicated scholar."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House