Jack Brooks: The Meanest Man In Congress

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Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a reception and discussion about Congressman Jack Brooks on November 4 at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker and President Jimmy Carter’s chief White House speechwriter) will lead the conversation with the authors of the newly released biography The Meanest Man in Congress: Jack Brooks and the Making of an American Century, Timothy and Brendan McNulty. Jack Brook’s son, Jeb Brooks, will also be in attendance.

  • Cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

  • Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.

  • Post-Lecture book signing

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Congressman Jack Brooks served alongside 10 presidents over his 42 years of public service. As the representative of Texas’ 9th congressional district, his career accomplishments include: 

  • Drafting the Articles of Impeachment for President Nixon, who gave Brooks the nickname “The Executioner”

  • Bearing witness to President Johnson’s swearing in on Air Force One

  • Was in President JFK’s motorcade during the assisantion

A note from Jeb Brooks:

As his son, I witnessed not only the unique process but the profound effects my father had on creating real and lasting legislative change. The Jack Brooks Foundation is a newly-formed non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering the American electorate on the impact of public policy and continuing my father’s legacy.

 We hope you will join us.


Jeb Brooks


  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Created: 10/31/2019
  • Modified By: Kayleigh Haskin
  • Modified: 10/31/2019


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