Representative Les AuCoin speaks with Mikhail Gorbachev


Representative Les AuCoin speaks with Mikhail Gorbachev


Representative Les AuCoin speaks with Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In typed notes about the image, AuCoin writes: "Sue and I were members of Speaker Jim Wright's 1986 mission to Moscow. At the Kremlin, I talked briefly with Mikhail Gorbachev about a bill I helped pass that banned flight tests on anti-satellite weapons. It was the first form of arms control ever conceived in and passed by Congress." This is one of a collection of digitized objects from the Les AuCoin Papers (MS.147) at the Pacific University Archives. It originally appeared in an AuCoin family scrapbook documenting U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright's visit to Spain, the Soviet Union, and the Federal Republic of Germany in April 1987. The congressional delegation included Representative Les AuCoin and his wife Sue. Other members of congress on the trip included Tony Coelho, Dick Cheney, Jim Howard, Les Aspin, John Paul Hammerschmidt, Jim Scheuer, Lawrence Coughlin, Ralph Regula, Carrol Hubbard, Tom Downey, Norm Dicks, Wes Watkins, Mickey Leland, Steny Hoyer, Esteban Torres, and Sherwood Boehlert. The AuCoin family loaned the scrapbook to Pacific University Archives in 2022 for digitization, and the scrapbook remains with the AuCoin family.

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United States--Relations--Soviet Union
Legislators--United States


Soviet Union