Borah, during the five plus years he had served in the Senate.
From the Statesman of September 1, 1912: “A review of the Congressional Record for the past few years shows that no member of either branch of congress has been more successful than Senator Borah of Idaho in securing the enactment of legislation, and important legislation at that.”“So successful has Senator Borah been with his bills of late that it is a matter of comment among senators.
Not long before adjournment, one of the senate leaders, who has been in public life for nearly thirty years, remarked to some of his colleagues that “Senator Borah is the most successful man in charge of a bill that has been in the senate since I have been a member of that body.” Few of the issues were simple or easy.
Aside from the fact that his favorite form of exercise was horse-back riding early each morning through Rock Creek Park, Borah was clearly a work horse.
By all accounts a decent, honest, hard-working senator and loyal to his friends the only blemish on his distinguished record was a rumored affair with Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who was married to the then House Speaker Nicholas Longworth (a notorious rake himself).
Pages S11652-55 Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act: Senate passed H. 2990, to amend the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of Page D1170 2000 to authorize additional projects under that Act, clearing the measure for the President.
Pages S11652-55 Klamath Basin Emergency Operation and Maintenance Refund Act: Senate passed H. 2828, to authorize payments to certain Klamath Project water distribution entities for amounts assessed by the entities for operation and maintenance of the Project's transferred works for 2001, to authorize refunds to such entities of amounts collected by the Bureau of Reclamation for reserved works for 2001, clearing the measure for the President.
The 17th amendment to the Constitution changing senators’ elections to a popular vote had yet to be enacted.
The article was also clearly signaling that the paper would be supporting Borah’s bid for a second term, which Borah received from the Idaho Legislature in early January of 1913. As you read ask yourself if you have ever heard anything similar said about Idaho’s two current senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.
They hold the two safest seats in the United States Senate.