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CHAIRMEN SINCE 1946 (80TH CONGRESS)
Listed in the Order of their Chairmanship
Biography from Bibliographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 to Present
Welch, RICHARD JOSEPH, (R., CA); 80th Congress. a Representative from California; born in Monroe County, N.Y., February 13, 1869; educated in the public schools; moved to California in early boyhood and settled in San Francisco; served in the State senate 1901-1913; harbor master for the port of San Francisco 1903-1907; supervisor of the city and county of San Francisco from 1916 until September 30, 1926, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lawrence J. Flaherty; reelected to the Seventieth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from August 31, 1926, until his death in a hospital in Needles, Calif., September 10, 1949; chairman, Committee on Labor (Seventy-first Congress), Committee on Public Lands (Eightieth Congress); interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.
SOMERS, ANDREW LAWRENCE, (D., NY); 81st Congress (Jan. 1, 1949-April 4, 1949). a Representative from New York; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 21, 1895; attended St. Teresa's Academy in Brooklyn, Brooklyn College Preparatory School, Manhattan College, and New York University in New York City; engaged in dry color and chemical business; during the First World War enlisted on July 18, 1917, as a hospital apprentice, second class, United States Naval Reserve Force; subsequently served as ensign in the Naval Reserve Flying Corps and was then appointed a naval aviator on September 17, 1918; proceeded to foreign service on September 30, 1918, and served until honorably discharged March 4, 1919; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1928; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-ninth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1925, until his death in St. Albans, Long Island, N.Y., April 6, 1949; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Seventy-second through Seventy-eighth Congresses), Committee on Mines and Mining (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Public Lands (Eighty-first Congress); interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
PETERSON, JAMES HARDIN, (D., FL); 81st Congress, a Representative from Florida; born in Batesburg, Lexington County, S.C., February 11, 1894; moved to Lakeland, Fla., in 1903; attended the public schools; was graduated from the law department of the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1914; admitted to the Florida bar in 1914 and commenced practice in Lakeland in 1915; law clerk in United States General Land Office in 1914; city attorney of Lakeland, Fla., in 1920-1930, and of Eagle Lake, Fla., 1923-1933; during the First World War served as a chief yeoman in the United States Navy 1917-1919; prosecuting attorney and county solicitor of Polk County, Fla., 1921-1932; special counsel for the State department of agriculture 1930-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1951); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eighty-first Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law in Lakeland, Fla.; special counsel for the Territorial Government of Guam; chairman of Commission on Federal Application of Laws to Guam; served as chairman and vice chairman of the board of directors, First State Bank of Lakeland; resided in Lakeland, Fla., where he died March 28, 1978; interment in Roselawn Cemetery.
MURDOCK, JOHN ROBERT, (D., AZ); 82nd Congress, a Representative from Arizona; born in Homestead near Lewistown, Lewis County, Mo., April 20, 1885; attended the public schools; was graduated from State Teachers' College, Kirksville, Mo., in 1912 and from the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1925; took graduate work at the University of Arizona at Tucson and at the University of California at Berkeley; taught elementary school in Missouri 1904-1908; served as principal of the high school at Lewistown, Mo., 1908-1910 and at Ridgeway, Mo., 1912-1914; instructor in the Normal School at Tempe, Ariz., 1914-1932; dean of the Arizona State Teachers' College at Tempe 1933-1937; author of textbooks on history and government; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1953); chairman, Committee on Memorials (Seventy-eighth Congress), Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-second Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; retired and resided in Scottsdale, Ariz.; died in Phoenix, Ariz., February 14, 1972; interment in Double Butte Cemetery, Tempe, Ariz.
MILLER, ARTHUR LEWIS, (R., NE); 83rd Congress. a Representative from Nebraska; born on a farm near Plainview, Pierce County, Nebr., May 24, 1892; attended the public schools, was graduated from the high school at Plainview, Nebr., in 1911 and from Loyola Medical School, Chicago, Ill., in 1918; taught in a rural school at Plainview, Nebr., 1911-1913; member of the United States Medical Reserve Corps 1917-1919; practiced medicine and surgery in Kimball, Nebr., 1919-1942 and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; mayor of Kimball in 1933 and 1934; member of the Nebraska legislature 1937-1941; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1940; State health director in 1941 and 1942; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1959); chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; director, Office of Saline Water, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
to January 1961; died in Chevy Chase, Md., March 16, 1967; interment in Parklawn Cemetery, Rockville, Md.
ENGLE, CLAIR, D., CA); 84th-85th Congresses. a Representative and a Senator from California; born in Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., September 21, 1911; attended the public schools; was graduated from Chico (Calif.) State College in 1930 and from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1933; was admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice in Corning, Calif.; district attorney of Tehama County, Calif., 1934-1942; member, State senate 1943; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harry L. Englebright; reelected to the Seventy-ninth and to the six succeeding Congresses (August 31, 1943-January 3, 1959); chairman, Committee on War Claims (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958, having become a candidate for United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958 and served from January 3, 1959, until his death in Washington, D.C., July 30, 1964; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Red Bluff, Calif.
ASPINALL, WAYNE NORVIEL, (D., CO); 86th-91st Congresses, a Representative from Colorado; born in Middleburg, Logan County, Ohio, April 3, 1896; moved with his parents to Palisade, Mesa County, Colo., in 1904; attended the public schools; studied at the University of Denver until the First World War, then enlisted in the Air Service of the Signal Corps and served as a corporal and staff sergeant until discharged as a flying cadet; returned to the University of Denver and graduated in 1919; taught school in Palisade, Colo., 1919-1921; president of the Mount Lincoln School District School Board 1920-1922; graduated from the Denver Law School in 1925; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Palisade, Colo.; also engaged in the peach-orchard industry; again taught school 1925-1933; member of Palisade Board of Trustees 1926-1934; district counsel of the Home Owners Loan Corporation in western Colorado in 1933 and 1934; member of the State house of representatives 1931-1934 and in 1937 and 1938, serving as Democratic whip in 1933, and as speaker in 1937 and 1938; served in the State senate 1939-1948 and was Democratic whip in 1939, majority floor leader in 1941, and minority floor leader 1943-1947; during the Second World War was commissioned a captain in Military Government in 1943, serving overseas as a legal expert with the American and English forces; participated in the Normandy drive with the English Second Army; was discharged on December 14, 1944; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1973); chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Eighty-sixth through Ninety-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress; resumed the practice of law;
ashes interred at Orchard Mesa Municipal Cemetery, Grand Junction, Colo.
HALEY,JAMES ANDREW,(D. FL); 93rd-94th Congresses. a Representative from Florida; born in Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Ala., January 4, 1899; attended the public schools and the University of Alabama; during the First World War enlisted in Troop A, Second Cavalry, in April 1917 and served overseas; accountant, Sarasota, Fla., 1920-1933; general manager of John Ringling estate 1933-1943; first vice president of Ringling Circus 1943-1945 and president and director of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sarasota, Fla., 1946-1948; engaged in newspaper publishing and later in general printing business; chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Sarasota County 1935-1952; member of the State house of representatives 1949-1952; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1952 and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1977); chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; resided in Sarasota, Fla., where he died August 6, 1981; interment in Boca Raton Cemetery, Boca Raton, Fla.
UDALL, MORRIS KING, D., AZ); St. Johns, Arizona; 95th-102nd Congresses (Jan., 1977-May 3, 1991). (brother of Stewart Lee Udall; father of Mark U dall; uncle of Tom Udall; cousin of Gordon H. Smith), a Representative from Arizona; born in St. Johns, Apache County, Ariz., June 15, 1922; attended the public schools; graduated from high school, 1940; attended the University of Arizona before enlisting as a private in the United States Army in 1942; discharged, 1946, as a captain in the United States Army Air Corps, with service in the Twentieth Air Force in the Pacific Theater; J.D., University of Arizona, 1949; played professional basketball, 1948-1949; partner, law firm, Udall and Udall, Tucson, Ariz., 1949-1961; county attorney, Pima County, Ariz., 1953-1954; lecturer on labor law, University of Arizona College of Law, 1956-1957; cofounder of the Bank of Tucson and the Catalina Savings and Loan Association; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh Congress, by special election, May 2, 1961, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of his brother, Stewart Lee Udall; reelected to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (May 2, 1961-May 4, 1991); chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (Ninety-fifth through One Hundred Second Congresses); presented Presidential Medal of Freedom by President William J. Clinton, 1996; died in Washington, D.C., December 12, 1998.
MILLER, GEORGE, (D., CA); 102nd-103rd Congresses (May 9, 1991-January 3, 1995). a Representative from California; born in Richmond, Contra Costa
1965; A.B., San Francisco State University, 1968; J.D., University of California Law School, Davis, Calif., 1972; admitted to the California bar, 1972; legislative assistant to senate majority leader, California state legislature, 1969-1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 2003); chairman, Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (Ninety-eighth through One Hundred First Congresses); Committee on Natural Resources (One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses).
YOUNG, DONALD EDWIN, (R., AK); 104th - 106th Congresses (January 3, 1995-January 2, 2001). a Representative from Alaska; born in Meridian, Sutter County, Calif., June 9, 1933; attended the public schools of Sutter, Calif.; B.A., Chico (Calif.) State College, 1958; teacher; mayor of Fort Yukon, Alaska, 1960-1968; riverboat captain, 1968-1972; member, city council, Fort Yukon, 1960-1968; member, Alaska house of representatives, 1966-1970; member, Alaska senate, 1970-1973; delegate, Alaska State Republican conventions, 1964, 1966, 1968, and 1972; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress, by special election, March 6, 1973, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Nick Begich; reelected to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (March 6, 1973, to January 3, 2003); chairman, Committee on Resources (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Sixth Congresses); chairman, Committee Transportation and Infrastructure (One Hundred Seventh Congress).
HANSEN, JAMES VEAR, (R., UT) 107th - Congress (January 2001 - Present). a Representative from Utah; born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, August 14, 1932; graduated from East High School, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1951; B.S., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1961; United States Navy, 1951-1955; real estate agent; insurance agent; member of the Farmington, Utah, city council, 1960-1972; member of the Utah state house of representatives, 1973-1980, speaker, 1979-1980; business owner; business executive; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-seventh and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 2003); chairman, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (One Hundred Fifth Congress); chairman, Committee on Resources (One Hundred Seventh Congress).