MIKVA, Abner Joseph

MIKVA, Abner Joseph
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1926– 2016


MIKVA, Abner Joseph, a Representative from Illinois; born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., January 21, 1926; attended public schools in Milwaukee; J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Ill., 1951; admitted to the Illinois state bar in 1951; lawyer, private practice; United States Army Air Corps, 1944-1945; law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton, 1951-1952; member of the Illinois state legislature, 1956-1966; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1973); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; member of the Illinois State Board of Ethics, 1973; practiced law in Chicago, 1973-1974; professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 1973-1975; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the two succeeding Congresses, served until his resignation on September 26, 1979 (January 3, 1975-September 26, 1979); judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, 1979-1991, chief judge, January 19, 1991-October 1, 1994; Counsel to President William J. Clinton, 1994-1995; died on July 4, 2016, in Chicago, Ill.

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

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1959-1979. 66 1/2 cubic feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, and memorabilia; also papers as a state legislator. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.
Oral History: In the Nancy Shlaes deGrazia Interview, 2008, 1 sound disc. Subjects include Abner Mikva.
Oral History: In the Morton H. Kaplan Interview, 2008, 1 sound disc. Subjects include Abner Mikva.
Papers: In the Paul Simon Papers, 1948-1973, 107 linear feet. Correspondents include Abner Mikva.

Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library

Hanover, NH
Papers: In the Justin A. Stanley Papers, 1960-1992, 20.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Abner Mikva.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Mikva, Abner J. "Interest Representation in Congress: The Social Responsibilities of the Washington Lawyer." George Washington Law Review 38 (May 1970): 651-74.

Mikva, Abner J., and Joseph R. Lundy. "91st Congress and the Constitution." University of Chicago Law Review 38 (Spring 1971): 449-99.

Mikva, Abner J., and Patti B. Saris. The American Congress: The First Branch. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1983.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Abner J. Mikva, Democratic Representative from Illinois. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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