Howard S. Liebengood
Class of 1960
Liebengood was a Captain in the Army military police from 1968 to 1970. He served in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. He practiced law in Nashville, TN, before going to Washington, DC, in 1973 as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1974 he opened a law firm in Nashville with future Senator Fred Thompson.
He returned to Washington in 1975 as a consultant with a senatorial committee investigating the nation's intelligence services. He was named minority staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 1976 and four years later became legislative counsel to Howard Baker (R-Tenn).
In 1981, Leibengood became Sergeant-at-Arms, a position that among other duties required him to manage a budget of $49 million and a staff of more than 1,200. He left his senate position in 1983 to join the Tobacco Institute as executive vice-president for federal relations. The following year he formed a lobbying group that, when it was sold, was the 5th largest lobbying group in Washington.
Leibengood returned to Capitol Hill in 2001 to join Fred Thompson as his chief of staff. When Thompson retired two years later, Leibengood became chief of staff of the personal office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
Liebengood retired in December of 2004. On January 13, 2005, he suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving behind his wife of 40 years, Deanna, and three children, Howard, John and Anne.
Howard S. leibengood will always be remembered and as Majority Leader Frist said, "indispensable."
To the Class of 1960, he was Howdy.
Jerry R. Ringle, Class of 1960
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South Bend, IN 46614
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