Dominic Massa / EyewitnessNews

NEWORLEANS-- Louisiana Republican Bob Livingston, who spent 22 years in Congress, has donated his congressional papers to the library of Tulane University, his alma mater.

Livingston's papers will cover his long career in Congress, representing Louisiana's first congressional district.

'We're honored to preserve Mr. Livingston's papers and make them available to researchers,' said Leon Miller, head of Tulane's Louisiana Research Collection. 'Mr. Livingston served in Congress during some of the most challenging and fascinating periods of American history and his papers will inspire students and scholars for generations to come.'

Livingston earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Tulane. After working as a lawyer and prosecutor, he was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1977.During his 11 terms in office, he became one of the House's most powerful members, eventually becoming chair of the Appropriations Committee.

He was poised to become Speaker of the House but resigned from Congress after admitting to an extramarital affair, at the height of the impeachment debate surrounding President Bill Clinton.

Livingston is currently working as a lobbyist in Washington.

Tulane officials said it will take about a year to catalogue his papers before they are made available for public view and research.

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