Biography and History

Bill Bradley (1943- ) was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 1979 to 1995, when he chose not to run for a fourth term. A Democrat, he became a leading spokesman for the "neoliberal" trend of that party. In the Senate, one of his major accomplishments was the 1986 restructuring of income tax law, and he was also regarded as an expert on energy-related issues and Soviet affairs. Bradley was also a candidate in the 2000 Democratic presidential primaries. Prior to his career in politics, Bradley was a basketball star, playing with the New York Knickerbockers for 10 years.

Bill Bradley attended Princeton University from 1961-1965, where he was a history major and wrote his senior thesis on Truman's 1940 senate campaign. His basketball career at Princeton started in the 1962 season, and he was the only Princetonian to ever win the prestigious Sullivan Award as the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport. He was featured on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" on Dec. 7, 1964.

Bradley left the senate in 1997 and spent the time afterwards writing his book and preparing for a run for the Democratic Party nomination in 2000.

Bradley served in the senate from 1978 through 1995, where he was known for his work with tax reform; reform of child support enforcement; legislation concerning lead-related children's health problems; the Earned Income Tax Credit; campaign finance reform; a re-apportioning of California water rights; and federal budget reform to reduce the deficit, which included, in 1981, supporting Reagan's spending cuts but opposing his parallel tax cut package, one of only three senators to take this position.

Mayling Birney was a legislative assistant to Bradley during Bradley's final term as senator.

Frifield worked in Bradley's office as a staff assistant and special assistant.

Gailon McGowan worked as legislative counsel to Bradley during his final term.

Mark Schmitt worked as a legislative assistant for Bill Bradley

Bill Taylor was a legislative aid to Bill Bradley who concentrated on issues of defense and foreign relations

Trudy Vincent worked as Bill Bradley's legislative assistant and legislative director. Her primary areas of work were the federal budget, the United States economy, and health care reform.

Bernie Toon worked as an administrative assistant and as chief of staff for Bill Bradley

Source: From the finding aid for MC200

  • Office of Government Affairs Records. 1976-2003 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC213

    The Office of Government Affairs is Princeton University's primary representative in Washington, D.C., acting as a liaison between University administration and Capitol Hill politicians. The records document the activities of the Office of Government Affairs, and contain correspondence, event files, chronological files, news clippings, and materials pertaining to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

  • Princeton University Athletics Scrapbooks and Clippings Collection, . circa 1914-1967 (inclusive), 1914-1967 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC404

    Organized competitive athletics appeared on the Princeton campus in the 1850s and 1860s through the formation of intramural and intercollegiate athletics clubs which evolved over the ensuing century into the modern collegiate athletic system. The collection consists of scrapbooks and sets of clippings about sports and athletes at Princeton.

  • Bill Bradley Papers. 1959-1999 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC200

    Bill Bradley (1943- ) was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 1979 to 1995. His papers document his career in the United States Senate and include subject files, copies of his speeches and testimony, press releases, his schedules and appointments, and awards he received. The papers also include the files of members of his legislative, administrative, and state office staff.

  • Bill Bradley Papers. 1959-1999 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC200

    Bill Bradley (1943- ) was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 1979 to 1995. His papers document his career in the United States Senate and include subject files, copies of his speeches and testimony, press releases, his schedules and appointments, and awards he received. The papers also include the files of members of his legislative, administrative, and state office staff.

  • Barton Gellman Papers. 1965-2014 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC262

    Barton Gellman is a well-known journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The records in this collection document Gellman's work as a journalist and political advisor.