The idea for The Hatfield Project came as many ideas often do, during a casual conversation. We were chatting with John DiLorenzo, prominent attorney and longtime politico in Oregon, and he mentioned that someone needed to capture Mark Hatfield’s story. We couldn’t agree more.
Our goal for The Hatfield Project is to tell that story through the memories and reflections of those closest to him during his service, primarily his staff but also those other leaders he served with. They will help us understand the important moments in history Sen. Hatfield was part of, his approach to leadership, and the values that governed his service.
We are particularly thankful for the assistance thus far of Sen. Hatfield’s chief of staff, Gerry Frank, who is serving in an advisory role and was our first interview. In addition, we are grateful for the help of Kerry Tymchuk, former speechwriter and counsel to Sen. Bob Dole and state director for Sen. Gordon Smith, who has been a valuable advisor and is serving on the board of The Hatfield Project. Finally, to the numerous former staffers for Sen. Hatfield who have provided feedback, stories and reflections on the Senator thus far, we thank you for allowing us to tell your stories about Sen. Hatfield.