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
August 24, 2019
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg on The Hill, "President Donald Trump and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) agree on one thing: the elimination of the filibuster in the Senate. And now former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has lent his weight to that demand."
July 23, 2019
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming Congressional testimony, saying "Overwhelmingly, most Americans have no idea how damning the report actually is. The constant refrain from the White House of ‘witch-hunt,’ ‘no collusion’ and ‘no obstruction,’ and the Trump assertion that the report exonerates him have left the truth obscured by a dense fog."
July 16, 2019
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the extra hour that has been added to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming Congressional hearing. "Extending the hearing, even marginally, makes it easier to get Mueller’s major points out there."
July 8, 2019
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the federal lawsuit that the House Democrats filed against the Treasury Department demanding President Trump's tax returns. "Clearly, the House leadership is being very cautious. This is understandable given the stakes. I don't believe urgency is lacking. It's just that democratic and legal process can be slow."
June 27, 2019
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on July 17, saying "The Congressional minority should have insisted on public hearings two years ago."
June 10, 2019
Dan Yorke State of Mind
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg recently joined WPRI's Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss impeachment, the Senate, and the filibuster.
June 10, 2019
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the possibility of Democrats getting President Trump's tax returns, saying "...once you move into 2020 and begin to approach the election, the potential is there that Trump could just run out the clock."