Richard A. Arenberg retired after more than thirty-four years on Capitol Hill in senior staff positions with Majority Leader Senator George Mitchell (Maine) and Senators Carl Levin (Michigan) and Paul Tsongas (Massachusetts). He served on the Senate Iran-contra Committee in 1987 and helped Senators Mitchell and William Cohen write Men of Zeal analyzing those hearings. He was a principle negotiator of the Alaska Lands Act, which President Carter called “the most important piece of conservation legislation passed in the 20th Century.”
Arenberg authored Congressional Procedure: A Practical Guide to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress (2018, TheCapitol.Net). He co-authored Defending the Filibuster: Soul of the Senate (2012, Indiana U. Press). The authors were awarded a Congressional research award by the Dirksen Congressional Center in 2010. Defending the Filibuster was named “Book of the Year in Political Science” by Forewords Reviews in 2012. Defending the Filibuster, Revised and Updated Edition was published in 2014. Richard A. Arenberg: Oral History Interviews was published by the Senate Historical Office in 2011 and can be read or heard on the U.S. Senate website.
Arenberg has significant experience in intelligence matters, Congressional history, procedure, rules and protocol, and the role and impact of Congress on public policy. Arenberg teaches a number of courses related to Congressional politics and policy, the presidency, and campaigns and elections in Brown’s public policy program and the political science department.
Arenberg has previously taught at Northeastern and Suffolk Universities. He serves on the Board of Directors of Social Security Works and the Board of Directors of Social Security Works Education Fund, and a Senior Congressional Fellow at the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership. He is an affiliate at the Taubman Center for American Politics & Policy. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Providence Journal, Politico, and The Boston Globe. He is a Contributor at Newsmax and The Hill.
Richard Arenberg is focuses on the U.S. Congress, particularly the use of abuse of Congressional procedure, appropriations and budget processes, oversight of the executive branch, and political polarization.
POLS 1822C Congress
POLS 1130 The American Presidency
POLS 1120 Campaigns and Elections
POLS 1824C Political Communication
POLS 1090 Polarized Politics
POLS 0010 Introduction to the American Political Process
PLCY 2650 Congress and the Federal Budget: Procedure, Politics and Public Policy
PLCY 1701H Congressional Leadership, Policy, and Public Policy
PLCY 1702F Political Communication
GISP 0006 Campaign Strategy- Media and Message
Congressional Procedure: A Practical Guide to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress, TheCapitol.Net Publishers, 2018.
Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate (revised and updated edition), co-authored with Robert B. Dove, Indiana University Press, 2014.
Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, co-authored with Robert B. Dove, Indiana University Press, 2012.
Richard A. Arenberg: Staff of Senator Paul Tsongas, George Mitchell and Carl Levin: Oral History Interviews with Donald A. Ritchie, Historian of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.
Talks & Media
July 6, 2020
Richard Arenberg writes in The Hill, "If Democrats do sweep to power in November, they will face an historic moment. Hopefully, Biden and his Congressional majorities will seek to use that moment wisely and reach out for greater consensus with independents and moderate Republicans."
June 11, 2020
Richard Arenberg in ABC6, "The huge coast to coast protest rallies and marches, coupled with an historic shift in public opinion and a series of tone-deaf statements and radical actions from the president have created an environment on Capitol Hill that could produce legislation."
June 10, 2020
Richard Arenberg penned this opinion piece about courts driven by partisan pressures.
May 27, 2020
In this opinion piece Rich Arenberg writes, "It's impossible to overstate the breadth and depth of the damage that McConnell has done to our country and our democracy."
May 14, 2020
Richard Arenberg penned this opinion piece questioning the nation's "present-day profiles in courage." He writes, "Republican senators: The nation turns its lonely eyes to you."
May 13, 2020
Richard Arenberg provided commentary in this article stating, "I think the Democrats see great value in contrasting what they would do in this legislation to the ‘trickle-down’ approach the Republicans have mostly favored."
April 17, 2020
Richard Arenberg in Newsmax, "As the Congress now moves toward another massive rescue bill, the majority leader will be mindful of the considerable leverage which Democrats have in the Senate."