Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 108


Asuzena “Sue” (Saturnio) Gurney was born in Uma Uma, Hawaii on October 23, 1939. Her parents were Miriam Bartives and Marcelino Saturnio. Her mother was a homemaker, and her father worked on a sugar plantation. They were divorced, and her mother married Martin Kindlepp, who ended up raising Sue and her siblings. She attended Honolulu Business College, and shortly after graduation, moved to Washington to work for Senator Oren Long. She moved to Maine in 1963 when Senator Long left office. In 1970, Sue was hired by Marjorie Hutchinson to work in Ed Muskie’s Waterville field office during the 1970 Senate Campaign. She became a full time employee in 1972. She continued her career with Senator George Mitchell in 1980, retiring when he left office in 1994. At the time of this interview, she lived in Winslow, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: moving to Washington from Hawaii; moving to Maine; getting hired by Marjorie Hutchinson; Muskie’s Waterville, Maine office; expansion of the Maine offices over time; Marjorie Hutchinson; Waterville political figures; issues in Maine; Colby College sit-in; clean water legislation; changes in Maine offices; impressions of Senator Muskie; Muskie’s family; and comparison with George Mitchell offices.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.