September 5, 1991 |
The Democratic Party took the unusual step of picking two members of Congress to head national fund-raising efforts for next year's elections. Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento) and Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) were chosen not only for their contacts with big givers, officials said, but for a special mission: bashing President Bush while promoting Democratic alternatives on the campaign trail.
November 21, 1990 |
Congressman Robert T. Matsui, a Democrat from Sacramento, made his long-spoken intentions formal Tuesday and announced that he will seek in 1992 the Senate seat now held by the retiring Alan Cranston. At a press conference in Sacramento and later in a telephone interview, Matsui vowed to press for increased funding to relieve homelessness, fill gaps in health care coverage and improve education.
October 12, 1989 |
The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday refused to prod the nation's utility companies into paying customers about $19 billion in refunds over the next few years. Consumers are owed an average of more than $200 each, but will have to wait up to 30 years for refunds from gas, electric and telephone companies. "This shows how powerful the utilities are in Congress," said Rep. Robert T.
July 23, 1987 |
Ending months of indecision, Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento) bowed out of the running Wednesday for California's 1988 Senate race. In announcing his decision, the five-term congressman cited his underdog position in the Democratic field of challengers and his increasing workload in the House. The move strengthens the hand of the presumed front-runner in the primary race, Lt. Gov. Leo T. McCarthy. The primary victor can expect to face Republican incumbent Sen. Pete Wilson.
January 13, 1990 |
Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), who is already facing a likely Democratic challenge in his 1992 bid for reelection, also will have a strong opponent next December when he stands for reelection as assistant majority leader in the Senate. Sen. Wendell H. Ford (D-Ky.) has announced that he will challenge Cranston for his Senate leadership position when the election is held at the end of this year.
December 24, 2002 |
Incoming House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday named fellow California Rep. Robert T. Matsui to lead the party's uphill effort to regain control of the House of Representatives in 2004. By naming Matsui chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Pelosi turned to a veteran legislator considered fluent on the issues, well-connected in money circles and, perhaps most important, loyal to her personally.