Watergate 50 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

Ed Mezvinsky, John Yarowsky, Kathie Obradovich (moderator)
05 Sep 2024
5:30 PM
Great Hall, Memorial Union
  • History Department
  • Political Science Department
  • University Library
  • Conference Planning and Management
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

President Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States on August 9, 1974, after the House Judiciaty Committee approved three articles of impeachment again him. The charges stemmed from Nixon's actions to cover up his administration's involvement in the 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The political and public pressure forced Nixon to leave office. Fifty years later, impeachment has become a weapon both major political parties have used against each other. This panel will explore the lessons we learned as a society during the Watergate hearings, and how has the use of impeachment changed.


Ed Mezvinsky, an Ames native, served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1969 to 1971 and then as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977, representing Iowa's 1st congressional district. While in Congress, Mezvinsky served on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon in 1974. Mezvinsky attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. His Congressional papers are now part of the ISU University Library Collections.

John Yarowsky

Kathie Obradovich (moderator)