Daniel Patrick Moynihan 

The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Former United States Senator from New York

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 2002

TOPIC: "A Conversation with the Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan"


Daniel Patrick Moynihan served as the senior United States Senator from New York. First elected in 1976, he was re-elected 1982, 1988 and 1994. Only two other New Yorkers have been elected to four terms.

Senator Moynihan was appointed by President George W. Bush to co-chair the Presidential Commission for Social Security. They were charged to "study and report specific recommendations to preserve Social Security for seniors, while building wealth for younger Americans." The Commission released its final report at the end of 2001 with three models for modifying the current program.

Moynihan has been a member of the Cabinet or Sub-Cabinet of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford and is the only person in American history to so serve in four successive Administrations. He was the U.S. Ambassador to India from 1973 to 1975, and the U.S. Representative to the United Nations from 1975 to 1976. In February 1976, he served as President of the United Nations Security Council.

Senator Moynihan is the author or editor of 18 books and has received numerous prestigious awards over the years for his dedication to public service and scholarship.

His wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Brennan Moynihan, is an architectural historian with a special interest in 16th century Mughal architecture in India. There are three Moynihan children: Timothy Patrick, Maura Russell, and John McCloskey.