Conservative Resurgence. 1974-1989. Healing and Drift, 1974-1981. A Ford, Not a Lincoln: Gerald R. Ford (president, 1974-1977) Member of House of Representatives from Michigan since 1949; rose to House minority leader Named vice-president in 1973 to replace Spiro Agnew.
Republicans also won control of the Senate
for first time since 1952
Election results represented the culmination of
decades of conservative resurgence and gradual
repudiation of New Deal/Great Society