Dennis Webster DeConcini graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1963. He was involved in various political campaigns and served as Pima County Attorney until 1976. He served three terms in the Senate and chaired the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government, and served on the Subcommittees on Defense, Energy and Water Development, and Foreign Operations. He received recognition for his position on the Panama Canal Treaties of 1978 before receiving some notoriety for being one of the accused senators among the “Keating Five” who were involved in the Lincoln Savings and Loan failure. He remained active in state politics, championing drug control and anti-crime legislation.
The Dennis DeConcini papers document his career in public service beginning with his election as Pima County Attorney through his tenure as a United States Senator. The collection is organized into 4 subgroups with 18 series with the bulk of the collection found in the Legislative Committee Files. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, legislative committee files, voting records, photographs, audiovisual materials and objects.