KENNTH L.: Papers, 1980-1982 – REAGAN LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
KHACHIGIAN, KENNTH L.: Papers, 1980-1982
Speechwriter and Political Consultant for Ronald Reagan
See also: KHACHIGIAN, KENNTH L.: Files, 1981
L. Khachigian is a native Californian, born in
Before continuing his education, Mr. Khachigian worked on Richard M. Nixon’s successful 1968 presidential campaign for nearly a year. He began work with the campaign in December 1967 and stayed until the election victory in November 1968. This was the beginning of his long career as a speechwriter and Republican campaign and political strategist.
the Nixon campaign ended, Mr. Khachigian attended
years of age, in January 1970, Khachigain joined the
Nixon White House as part of the National Goals Research Staff, which had been
established within the White House by Presidential Statement on
From 1975-1979, Mr. Khachigian was the editorial consultant to Richard M. Nixon. He assisted the former President with writings of any kind and speeches.
In 1980, he was brought into the Ronald Reagan Presidential campaign as a consultant and speechwriter. He was appointed as Special Consultant to the President by President Reagan in January 1981. During this time at the White House he also acted as the chief speechwriter. He left the Reagan administration in May 1981. Khachigian continued to write speeches for the Reagan White House, especially during the campaign years of 1982, 1984, and 1986. Some samples of additional work by him include President Reagan’s remarks at the Bergin-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1985, the joint anti-drug address of President and Mrs. Reagan in 1986 and the 1987 State of the Union speech.
Scope and Content Note
In June 2000, Mr. Khachigian donated these personal papers to the Library. The material consists of his work on the 1981 Inaugural Speech, and work he did for the Political Affairs Office for the 1982 mid-term election. It includes drafts, notes, research material, comments from future White House staff on drafts and correspondence. The material is not large (24 folders, approximately 1,100 pages) and therefore the Library has made no series distinctions.
For more Khachigian material, especially for his later contracted speeches, please see the Speechwriting Drafts and the corresponding White House Office of Records Management Subject File SP categories. For more material on the campaign speeches of the 1980s, please also see the Ronald Reagan personal papers collection. For his brief time as an official staff member at the White House, please see his collection within the presidential staff and office files. This collection consists of hand-written notes on legal paper taken by Mr. Khachigian at meetings for the Cabinet, Communications Office, Scheduling and Senior Staff from January 1981-April 1981.
Addresses of the President’s of the
Reagan: Inaugural Address, First Draft
1982 Mid-Term Elections – Speech Drafts (1)(2)
1982 Mid-Term Elections – Correspondence
1982 Mid-Term Elections – Notes
1982 Mid-Term Elections – Research
1982 Mid-Term Elections – RR’s 1980 Convention Acceptance Speech
1982 Mid-Term Elections – FDR Speeches
1982 Mid-Term Elections – Press Clippings
1982 Mid-Term Elections – Scheduling and Communications Strategies
1982 – Themes and Issues
President’s Schedule – August-December 1982