BURTON, John Lowell

BURTON, John Lowell
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


BURTON, John Lowell, (brother of Phillip Burton), a Representative from California; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 15, 1932; graduated from Lincoln High School, San Francisco, Calif., 1950; A.B., San Francisco State College, San Francisco, Calif., 1954; LL.B., University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, Calif., 1960; United States Army, 1954-1956; admitted to the California bar, 1961; lawyer, private practice; member of the California state legislature, 1965-1974; chairman, California state Democratic Party, 1973-1974; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative William S. Mailliard, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (June 4, 1974-January 3, 1983); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982; resumed the practice of law; member of the California state senate, 1996-2004; is a resident of San Francisco, Calif.

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External Research Collections

California State Archives

Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1986-2004, 17.5 cubic feet. The John Burton papers consist of textual records and audio/visual materials and are organized into the following record series: Bill Files, 1987-2004; Hearing Files, 1992; Asset Forfeiture Files, 1987-1996; and Press and Media Files, 1997-2004. The papers do not cover the years 1965-1974 when Burton was in the Assembly.
Oral History: 1986-1987, 54 pages. An oral history interview with John L. Burton by Julie Shearer, University of California, Berkeley for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. The interview includes discussion of John Burton's years as a California assemblyman, 1965-1974. Also discussed in the interview is leadership and politics, the Rules Committee, social welfare benefits, and observations on other political figures.
Oral History: In the Gladys Sargent Oral History interview, 1989, 242 pages. Subjects covered include John L. Burton.

University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Phillip Burton Papers, ca. 1945-1986, 43 linear feet. Persons represented include John L. Burton.
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