Voice: Remembering Judge Saund and the nation's capital

July 25, 2001

It has been 40 years since I made my first trip to Washington, D.C. — June 1961.

You caught the train in Niland in those days — changed trains and stations in Chicago. It was a pleasurable cross-country ride.

It is hard to believe a liberal, Judge Saund, represented El Centro in those days. Ray Barnes, former managing editor of the I.V. Press, was his administrative assistant.

Congressmen and senators made the same salary — $22,500 annually, with one paid trip per year back to the district for the congressman, three paid trips back to the state for the senator.


Judge Saund had no office in Imperial County and I think none in Riverside County.

I saw Sam Rayburn presiding over the House (he died later that year.)

It was the original Washington Senators' last year in D.C. before they moved to Minnesota. Ray and I saw a game at Griffith Stadium. Jim Bunning (now a U.S. senator from Kentucky) pitched for Detroit and posted a 5-4 win.

On the boat ride down the Potomac to Mount Vernon, I met the Terrills from Holtville.

I enjoyed dinner with Ray and Jean Barnes and their family in Virginia. The Barnes had been there about two and a half year at that time and enjoyed it.

From the National Archives to the Smithsonian, I tried to cover a lot of it, much of it afoot. The first trip to Washington, D.C., is the standout!

Judge Saund suffered a stroke in spring 1962 and was defeated for re-election. He served three terms.

He was chairman of Mexico-U.S. inter-parliamentary group. His committee assignments included foreign affairs, interior and insular affairs and irrigation and reclamation.


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