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Honor, Integrity & Character

"During my 30 years in the Senate, I had the privilege of serving with a number of outstanding public servants, but it is hard to think of anyone who served the Senate with as much honor, integrity and character as you."

Senator Bob Dole
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Upon Sen. Hatfield being named Portland's First Citizen (2002)

Superb Legislator & Respected Colleague

"You should be extremely proud of your 30 years in the U.S. Senate where you were a superb legislator and highly respected by your colleagues, both Republican and Democrat. I am deeply grateful for our warm personal friendship and thank you for your many kindnesses."

President Gerald R. Ford
39th President of the United States of America
Upon Sen. Hatfield being named Portland's First Citizen (2002)

Respected & Admired

"We respect you, we admire you...we miss you and yes, we love you."

President George H.W. Bush
41st President of the United States of America
Upon Sen. Hatfield being named Portland's First Citizen (2002)

Served with Distinction

"(Hatfield) has served with distinction in the United States Senate and has lived his convictions as well as any person I have every known in public life."

President Bill Clinton
42nd President of the United States of America
Remarks at the retirement dinner for Sen. Mark Hatfield (1996)

Humanitarian Spirit

"(Hatfield) embodies the humanitarian spirit that we all need a little more of in America and that gives public service its meaning and makes it worth the vicissitudes of public life."

President Bill Clinton
42nd President of the United States of America
Remarks at the retirement dinner for Sen. Mark Hatfield (1996)

Admired Mentor

"My ten years working for Senator Mark Hatfield were instrumental in shaping me as an adult. I constantly remember his smile, the dignity in which he carried himself, the humanity in which interacted with everyone on a daily basis, the remarkable patience in which he dealt with his youthful staff and his steadfast convictions on key issues of the day are among my fondest memories. Much of who I am today was formed by the opportunity to be mentored by Senator Hatfield and I am extremely grateful for the experience."

Jeffrey Boothe
Holland & Knight, Partner


We want to inform you of the postponement of the Oregon premier of
The Gentleman of the Senate:
Oregon's Mark Hatfield

This delay is temporary and you will be notified of the re-scheduled screening as soon as possible.

The push to completion has brought about an unexpected but very welcome challenge. Since the announcement a flood of relevant material and assets vital to telling the story of Mark Hatfield have surfaced and will make the finished product even better. But we need more time to acquire those assets.

In addition key historical materials have been slow to arrive as planned and procuring selected materials from copyrighted sources has proved difficult at times.

We thought long and hard about changing the date but our goal from the beginning is to tell the best story possible about Senator Mark Hatfield and postponing the premier is the best way to really capture his life and create a record of this very important figure in Oregon history.

You may still purchase tickets to the re-scheduled premiere, as well as pre-order DVDs and support the project financially, by clicking the button below.



The Hatfield Project is generously supported by:
Vic and Becky Gilliam
The Governor’s Office of Film and Television
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Charitable Contribution Fund
Melvin Mark, Jr. Trust
Honeywell International

The Hatfield Project

Senator Mark O. Hatfield is the greatest political leader in Oregon's history. His incredible legacy spans over 40 years in public service and includes serving in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature, as Secretary of State, two terms as Governor, and 30 years in the U.S. Senate - the longest term in Oregon history.

But Senator Hatfield's legacy reaches far beyond Oregon's borders. During his significant tenure in the United States Senate, he stood steadfast as a conscientious leader and principled statesman and was an important participant in some of our nation's most critical moments of the 20th Century.

Senator Hatfield’s influence, however, is more than his legislative record of achievement. It extends through those who served with him on his staff to impact an even greater number of Oregonians, Americans, and even citizens of other nations. It is through their memories of Mark Hatfield that we are able to get a complete picture of the importance of this fine Oregonian and great American leader.

The stories of those closest to him during his service, the lives he touched and those with whom he served tell the story of Mark Hatfield's service, his philosophy of leadership and his impact on our nation and its history.

How You Can Help

The Hatfield Project is a non-profit organization created to capture Mark Hatfield's story in a documentary film. As such, it relies on the generous support of groups and individuals who share the goal of honoring Sen. Hatfield by telling his story. Would you help us with this effort by contributing today? Please, donate today.

Everyone, it seems, has a "Hatfield Story", something from their experience in Oregon that involves Mark Hatfield. We want you to share your stories with us! Click "Share Your Hatfield Story" to read other people's stories and to share your own. Throughout the production of the documentary, we will be sharing select stories on this website.

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