Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 29, 1969 · Page 65
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Goldwaters not only father-son team in Congress WASHINGTON (UPI) Stuart Symington, 88, has an unusual kind of common bond with his son James, 41. Both men torn in the U.S. Congress. The father is senior senator from Missouri. The son is a freshman congressman from Missouri. Both are Democrats. Beyond these similarities, the two congressional Sym- ingtons are quite different types of men, and they reached their present positions through sharply divergent career paths. , There Is only one other father-son combination in Congress - the widely publicized team of Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., and Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., R-Calif. Unlike the Goldwaters, who are very cftummy, the Sym- ingtons tend to go their separate ways ifr Washington. They see each other less frequently than one might think. They talk now and then about their work and occasionally make joint announcements of things affecting their Missouri constituencies. But they also can disagree, as they did early in this congressional session on the "reluctant elector" controversy. James Symington contended a presidential elector should be free to vote his own convictions. Stuart Symington contended an elector has a moral obligation to vote for the presidential candidate to whom he was pledged. Most of the time, they find themselves working on different problems so there's no occasion for agreement or disagreement. Stuart Symington came to the Senate 17 years ago, after a distinguished career as a business executive and appointive government official. ' After graduation from Yale, he went to work for the Emerson Manufacturing Co., in his home town of St. Louis, and rose rather quickly to it's presidency. He was summoned to Washington in 1945 by his fellow-Missourian, President Hary S Truman, who named him chairman, of the Surplus Property Board. This was the first of a series of important government jobs for the elder Symington. He was in succession head of the Surplus Property Administration, assistant secretary of war, secretary of the Air Force, chairman of the National Security Resources Board and administrator of the Reconstruction Finance Corp. Symington resigned from the RFC to return to business, but he had already contracted Potomac/ fever and decided to run for the Senate in 1952. He won in a landslide on his first try and subsequently won re-election by even bigger margins in 1958 and 1964. He plans to run again next year. The senator is a voracious reader of books and articles. A few years ago he took a speed-reading course so he could wade through books at a rate of more than 1,000 words a minute. He likes to write his own speeches, and even takes a hand in answering his mail. He puts in long days on Capitol Hill and nearly every night packs his briefcase with "homework" to be studied at his northwest Washington home. In 1960, Symington was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Although he lost out to John F. Kennedy, he has continued to be one of the most powerful SEN. STUART SYMINGTON Democrats in Congress. He is the only senator who served on both the Armed Services and the Foreign Relations committees. He is also an ex officio member of the Appropriations Committee, with a vote on matters affecting armed services and space. The committee combination bespeaks his major concern — the influence of military matters in th U.S. economy. Symington was strong for the military budget in past years and quit as secretary of the Air Forec because of cuts in its budget. But of late, he has emerged as a leader in the fight against deployment of the antiballistic missile system. He has been outspoken about what he regards as excess spending for weaponry. James Symington was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Rochester, N.Y. After prep school at Deerfield Academy in Mass., he enlisted in the Marines at 17, just in time for the closing year of World War II. He REP. 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