Richard Sprague Beth, PhD

Richard Sprague Beth


Title: Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process
Company: Congressional Research Service
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Richard Sprague Beth, PhD, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process for the Congressional Research Service, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science.
Dedicating nearly 45 years to his professional endeavors within government, Dr. Beth, most recently as a specialist on Congress and the legislative process for the Congressional Research Service from 1993 to 2017. During those 24 years, he utilized his prior experience having served CRS as a specialist on the legislative process and budget process from 1988 to 1993 and as an analyst on the American national government from 1980 to 1988. Finding great success throughout the course of his career, Dr. Beth was inducted into the Bellport High School Wall of Fame in 2017 and received the CRS Directors Award for his intellectual accomplishments from his peers in 2011. Citing the accolade as the highlight of his career, he was also honored to have accepted the Distinguished Service Award from the Congressional Research Employees Association in 1984 and 1986.
In the earlier years of his career, Dr. Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts in public affairs, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1966. He went on to matriculate at Yale University, completing a Master of Philosophy in political science in and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg from 1970 to 1972, during which he was honored with an Army Commendation Medal. Dr. Beth returned to Yale in 1976 after his military service, earning a Master of Philosophy. He rose through the ranks from instructor to assistant professor of political science at Boston University and Southwest Missouri State University between 1974 and 1980. Presently, he maintains affiliation with the American Political Science Association, Conference Group on Interpretive Methods and Congressional Research Employees Association. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Beth can be found in the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the East.


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