KAZEN, Abraham, Jr.

1919–1987

Biography

KAZEN, Abraham, Jr., a Representative from Texas; born in Laredo, Webb County, Tex., January 17, 1919; graduated from Laredo High School in 1937; attended the University of Texas 1937-1940, Cumberland University Law School in Lebanon, Tenn., in 1941; admitted to the bar in 1942 and commenced practice in Laredo, Tex.; commissioned an Air Force pilot upon his graduation from Lubbock Air Force Base, 1942; during the Second World War served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy as a pilot in Troop Carrier Command; discharged with the rank of captain in 1953; served in the Texas house of representatives, 1947-1952; elected to the Texas senate in 1952 and served continuously for fourteen years through 1966; elected president pro tempore of State senate in 1959; served as Acting Governor of Texas, August 4, 1959; member of Texas Legislative Council for sixteen years; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1960 and 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Ninetieth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1985); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Ninety-ninth Congress; was a resident of Laredo, Tex., until his death in Austin, Tex., on November 29, 1987; interment in Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Tex.

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

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External Research Collections

Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library

Houston, TX
Papers: In the papers of John J. Herrera, 1940-1980, 9 boxes. Persons represented include Abraham Kazen.

Texas State Library and Archives

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Special Investigation Committee on the Reburial of Felix Longoria, 1949, amount unknown. The reports are typewritten copies sent to U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson by Texas State Representative Abraham Kazen, Jr. on the day the reports were filed in the Texas House, April 7, 1949. Copies of the letter from Kazen to Johnson on that date, and a reply from Johnson four days later, accompany the reports.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the papers of John R. Beasley, 1884-1981, 45 feet, 2 inches. Persons represented include Abraham Kazen.
Papers: In the papers of Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., Part Two, 1921-1998, 189 cubic feet. Persons represented include Abraham Kazen.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Abraham Kazen, Jr., Democratic Representative from Texas. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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