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Thune moves to permanent Senate offices

After months in basement transition office, Senator moves to historic Russell building

February 27, 2005

Washington, D.C. —  When Senator John Thune returns to Washington on Monday, he will move up in the world – literally.

After spending nearly four months in temporary transition offices in the basement of the Dirkson office building, this weekend Thune’s staff moved into its permanent offices on the third floor of the Russell building. While Thune shared his transition space with the other freshman senators, his new neighbors include several veteran senators, including John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.

Over 250 people visited Thune’s temporary offices, which had no individual offices or conference rooms.

“I appreciate the Senate staff’s hard work getting us into our new offices,” Thune said. “Better offices will help us better serve South Dakotans.”

Thune’s new offices were formerly occupied by now-retired Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO).

Historically, freshman Senators have waited until March or April to move into their permanent offices. But this year, Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Trent Lott successfully set a goal of moving everyone by the end of February.

“We’ve worked very hard to streamline and aggressively move the process,” Lott (R-Miss.) told the Roll Call newspaper earlier this month. “We hope to have [every Senator] in their office by the end of February. ... [T]hat would be a month ahead of what has been done in the past, and I think Senators deserve that.”

Thune’s new office is located at 383 Russell Senate Office Building. His phone number remains unchanged -- 202-224-2321.

The Russell Senate Office Building is the oldest and most historic Senate office building. First occupied in 1909, the building is named for former Sen. Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.

For more information and pictures of the Russell Senate Office Building visit