CLAUSEN, Donald Holst

CLAUSEN, Donald Holst
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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CLAUSEN, Donald Holst, A Representative from California; born in Ferndale, Humboldt County, Calif., April 27, 1923; graduated from elementary and high schools of Ferndale; attended San Jose (Calif.) State College; California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Weber College, Ogden, Utah; and St. Mary's (Calif.) College; took V-5 Program, United States Navy; engaged in the insurance business, Clausen Associates, and in the air ambulance service, Clausen Flying Service, both in Crescent City, Calif.; served as a carrier pilot in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, 1944-1945; member, board of supervisors, Del Norte County, Calif., 1955-1962; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Clement W. Miller (who had been elected posthumously), and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 22, 1963-January 3, 1983); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982; director, special programs, Federal Aviation Administration, 1983-1990; died on February 7, 2015, in Fortuna, Calif.; interment at Ferndale Cemetery, Ferndale, Calif.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Humboldt State University Library
Special Collections

Arcata, CA
Papers: 1963-1983, amount unknown. The papers of Don H. Clausen document his congressional service from January 1963 until January 1983, as well as selected materials relating to his career and public service since 1983. The papers document Don Clausen's work with congressional committees, government agencies, constituents, colleagues, political organizations, and the media. His committee service was primarily with the Public Works and Transportation and the Interior and Insular Affairs committees. Highlights of the collection are materials relating to the creation of Redwood National Park (in 1968) and its expansion (in 1978), securing the funding for the Lake Sonoma/Warm Springs Dam project, the King Range National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, establishing the 200 mile fishing limit off the US coasts, the forest products and wine industries, the rivers -especially Eel, Russian, and Klamath, Native American concerns, and aviation - especially aviation education. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Don H. Clausen, Republican Representative from California. Washington, D.C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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