Professor Lauren Cohen Bell
Randolph-Macon College Political Science
Professor Lauren Cohen Bell’s work is included in a new United States Senate Committee
The U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration has just released a Committee
Print—a document created to assist a congressional committee with its legislative
or investigatory functions—on the Senate Cloture Rule, which allows the Senate to
bring an end to lengthy debate.
This report is an update of a document that was last published in 1985 by the U.S.
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. It is an effort to chronicle the development
of the Senate’s cloture rule and to identify significant filibusters that have occurred
from the 1st Congress (1789-90) through the end of the 110th Congress in 2010. For
the past several years, Bell, the author of Filibustering in the U.S. Senate
(Cambria Press, 2011), has consulted with Dr. Richard Beth at the Congressional
Research Service, the report’s principal author.
In describing its methodology, the report notes:
“A chief source of items to be considered for inclusion in the updated chronology
was an ongoing compilation maintained by the Congressional Research Service based
on the information about cloture action and other proceedings…Also used were published
media accounts, and lists of filibusters compiled by Professors Lauren Cohen Bell
of Randolph-Macon College and L. Marvin Overby of the University of Missouri.”
Bell’s book is also listed in the Selected Bibliography of the committee print,
as is the 2004 Journal of Politics article on Senate filibusters that Bell
and Overby wrote.
Bell, who joined the faculty at R-MC in 1999, earned her B.A. from the College of
Wooster, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Carl Albert Congressional Research and
Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. She served as an American Political
Science Association Congressional Fellow on the United States Senate Committee on
the Judiciary during the 1997–1998 academic year and was the United States Supreme
Court Fellow at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C. in 2006–2007.
Bell currently serves as associate dean at R-MC.