A Guide to the Kenneth E. Bentsen Papers, 1994-2002
Former Congressman Kenneth Bentsen represented the 25th District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving on the Budget and Financial Services Committees. During his time in office, he helped craft legislation to modernize American banking and securities laws and helped prepare the nation’s response to the Asian financial crisis. He was also actively involved in the drafting and passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which improved federal oversight of U.S. capital markets. Following his time in office, Mr. Bentsen served as a Managing Director of Public Strategies, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. He then became President of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, a national trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers. Born in Houston in 1959, Mr. Bentsen is the nephew of former Texas Senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr.
Legislative files, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and video recordings comprise the Kenneth E. Bentsen Papers, 1994-2002, which document the Congressional career and electoral campaigns of Kenneth E. Bentsen. The collection contains his legislative correspondence, as well as materials pertaining to budget legislation and campaign finance reform. Bentsen’s legislative files are organized by session of Congress. Furthermore, the papers contain material pertaining to Bentsen’s campaigns for office, however these materials are restricted until 2012.
Legislative files are open. All other files are restricted until 2012.
These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Kenneth E. Bentsen Papers, 1994-2002, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers